STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On meeting the Foreign Minister of Turkey

United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim met today with H.E. Ali Babacan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey. Following the recent meeting the two had in early May in Turkey, the President briefed the Foreign Minister on the current state of his consultations on Security Council reform. The Foreign Minister in this regard stressed that his country wanted to be an active contributor and flexible partner in the process. He also noted that his current visit to the United Nations was to advance Turkey’s candidacy for a non-permanent membership to the Security Council for 2009-2010.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Security Council reform had to be part of an overall institutional reform of the United Nations. Both agreed on the need for having a stronger United Nations that was more effective, functional and influential to be able to deal with traditional threats to peace and security as well as complex global problems and also newly emerging challenges such as the food and energy crises.

The Foreign Minister briefed the President on his countries current regional diplomatic initiatives and the two also discussed recent developments in the context of the Alliance of Civilization initiative.

New York
22 July 2008

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