Erdogan speaks out on UN Security Council reform

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterates reform wish for UN Security Council during his West African tour

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is speaking in a press conference in Ghana on Mar.1.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his wish on Tuesday that the United Nations Security Council be reformed for the benefit of poor and underdeveloped countries.

He made the comments during a speech at Ghana’s parliament during the second stop on his four-nation West African tour.

Erdogan described the UN Security Council as “an unequal system” which failed to reflect the will of poor and underdeveloped countries.

He told Ghanaian deputies in Accra that all important issues currently depended on just five countries, including China, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and France.

“The world is greater than five,” Erdogan said, referring to the five permanent members of the Security Council’s decision-making system.

“We should take a step” and try to change the system, Erdogan added.

“Turkey is in third place [in helping] undeveloped or less-developed countries across the world. When we compare the national income of counties which provide humanitarian aid, Turkey is in first place,” he said.

Turkey and Ghana are determined to contribute to regional peace as well as world peace, said Erdogan.

He added that Turkey continues to combat both domestic and international terrorism.

Erdogan arrived in Ghana late on Monday and attended a Turkey-Ghana Business Forum early Tuesday.

During his Africa tour, the Turkish president will also visit Nigeria and Guinea.

TRTWorld, AA