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‘Turkey wants UNSC P5 to give up veto powers’

In the face of India’s bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, a senior Turkish official has said that his country wanted the five permanent members of the world body to give up their veto powers.

“Turkey wants the United Nations Security Council members to rescind their veto powers,” Ilnur Cevik, Senior Advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said at a meeting on “India and Turkey’s Place in the Rising World” organised by Turkish daily Sabah here on Wednesday evening.

“This kind of veto power is blocking international justice,” Cevik said.

Turkey is a member of the group called Uniting for Consensus (UfC) that is opposed to expansion of permanent seats in the UN Security Council.

Other members of the group include Italy, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Pakistan, Malta, Costa Rica, Colombia and San Marino.

Cevik said that instead of a country trying to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, “this veto thing should be eliminated so that countries get a fair share, fair result of the Security Council”.

President Erdogan is set to come on a bilateral visit to India from April 30.

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