Not the whole speech– just some thought-provoking excerpts:
The UN Security Council currently serves the interests of five permanent members holding veto rights, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sept. 25. The five members of the Council, the U.S, Russia, China, France and Britain, are “standing idle to the oppressions in other parts of the world,” Erdoğan said in his address to the 73rd session of UN General Assembly.
Erdoğan said the UN has carried out work and achieved considerable successes over its 73-year history.
“However, it is also a fact that over time the United Nations moved away from meeting the expectations of humanity for peace and welfare,” he added. “Those who do not raise their voices against the oppression of the Palestinians [and others], their efforts even to reduce assistance for them, are only increasing the courage of the oppressors,” he added, referring to the recent U.S. decision to cut aid to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
Turkey will continue to stand with the “oppressed” Palestinians and will protect the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, Erdoğan said.
“And we believe that when we say ‘the world is bigger than five,’ we become the voice of the common conscience of humanity,” Erdoğan said. “When the assets of the wealthiest 62 people in the world amount to the assets of the half of world’s population of 3.6 billion people, this means there is a problem,” Erdoğan said.
Erdoğan recalled that Turkey hosts 4 million refugees, 3.5 million of which are Syrian, and provides them with services that are “incomparable” elsewhere in the world.
The total amount Turkey has spent for Syrian refugees alone is at $32 billion. Erdoğan said he expects “more abundant and flexible support” for Turkey, which has prevented a large refugee influx to spill over elsewhere in the world, foremost to Europe, thanks to the opportunities the country has provided to refugees.
“I call on all the parties to support a just and sustainable political solution in Syria with a constructive approach. We wish to see a principled approach against terrorist organizations.
Hinting at U.S. support for PYD/YPG, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK terror organization, Erdoğan said: “Those who equip terrorists with tens of thousands of trucks and thousands of cargo planes load of arms for the sake of their tactical interests will most definitely feel sorrow in the future.”
Erdoğan said all terrorist organizations do not obtain their power from their armed actions, rather some hide behind “glossy concepts” such as education, welfare and dialogue, and continues operations as NGOs or businesses.
“Through the support of our people, we have eliminated the majority of FETÖ [terrorist organization] in our country.
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen are accused of orchestrating the defeated coup July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
He said countries have heeded Turkey’s warnings and learned from its lessons and are deciphering the organization and expelling it from their lands. However, some states, including the U.S. and European countries, “have not understood the danger”.
“For instance, the amount of funds that the FETÖ terrorist organization receives in 27 U.S. states from the government budget solely by charter schools is $763 million,” he added.
Erdoğan said FETÖ leader Gülen “exports terror” to 160 countries from his residence in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and urged world nations to be watchful and take action against the terror group.
Erdoğan said trade wars have harmed humanity in every period.
“None of us can remain silent to the arbitrary cancellation of commercial agreements, the spreading prevalence of protectionism and the use of economic sanctions as weapons. “The negative effects of these twisted developments will eventually affect all countries,” he added.
The president called on countries to work together to prevent damage to the world trade regime as a result of such unilateral decisions.
“Today, some countries are persistently trying to create chaos. There is no bigger danger than a world order that has lost mercy, conscience, truth and hope,” Erdoğan added.