Erdogan criticises structure of UN Security Council

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterates disatisfaction with the structure of the United Nations Security Council while in Uganda as part of tour of East Africa.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving a speech at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where he received an honourary doctorate on June 1, 2016.

Updated Jun 2, 2016

"The world is bigger than five," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Uganda's capital Kampala, which he visit as part of an ongoing tour of East African.

Erdogan gave a speech in Kampala's Makarere University where he received an honourary doctorate.

Criticising the veto power of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Erdogan said, "The world cannot be given up to five permanent members' initiative."

The speech kicked off his four-day official tour of East Africa, in which he will also visit Kenya.

In his speech he said there are no Muslim or African countries among the five permanent members of the UNSC.

"What kind of justice is this? What kind of law is this?" he asked.

The UNSC which is tasked with maintaining global peace and security, has 15 members.

These include the five permanent members which have the power to veto any resolution, These are China, France, Britain, the US and Russia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives an honorary doctorate in Makarere University in Uganda's capital city Kampala on June 1, 2016.

Emin Pasha

During his speech, Erdogan spoke about Mehmet Emin, an Ottoman Pasha (high ranking official) who served in Uganda in 19th century.

Emin Pasha, who was a doctor, discovered hundreds of animal and plant species, making a large contribution to science during his 10 years in the region.

Erdogan said, "Emin Pasha was martyred in 1892 in Congo by a tribe that was involved in the slave trade. Emin Pasha’s life ended this way because of his struggle against the slave trade.

"I would like to take this occasion to remember Emin Pasha, who played an important role in Turkish-Ugandan brotherhood and left such a pure legacy. We support Uganda, following in Emin Pasha’s footsteps 124 years after his death, and fight for its future and freedom."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shaking hands with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni during a joint press conference in Uganda's capital Kampala on June 1, 2016.

Uganda's role in the region

Erdogan praised Uganda’s role in fighting the Ebola virus and helping bring stability to Africa.

He said medical techniques developed by Uganda had led to a "leap forward" in combating Ebola.

The virus struck West Africa between 2013 and 2015 and killed more than 11,000 people.

He also added that Turkey has pledged $5 million to help fight the virus.

Erdogan welcomed Uganda’s role in Somalia.

The country provides troops for the African Union mission fighting the Al Shabab terrorist group.

"Uganda happens to be the leading country in providing resources to the missions, thus contributing tremendously to the re-establishment of peace and prosperity in Somalia.

"As the result of our joint efforts Somalia has become a very different country compared with five or six years ago."

TRTWorld and agencies