Speaking at the 73rd UN General Assembly, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (25 September 2018)

“OUR WORLD NEEDS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP MORE THAN EVER FOR PEACEFUL, EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES”

“As noted by the General Assembly’s call for this year, our world needs global leadership and joint responsibility more than ever for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, President Erdoğan said, and added that Turkey has contributed by substantial efforts in this direction within the United Nations.

“The Mediation for Peace Initiative that we have launched with Finland in 2010 is now supported by Friends of Mediation Group, consisting of 56 members. We have taken serious steps in this direction within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, of which we are currently the term President,” the President said.

“The Alliance of Civilizations Initiative we launched with Spain has become a United Nations Initiative with the participation of 146 members. In helping Somalia which is struggling with hunger to get back on its feet, we are currently implementing a development program that I believe will be an example to the entire world. To help millions of innocent people in Arakan, miles away from our country, we have mobilized our means and capabilities. We have exerted sincere efforts to resolve the Gulf Crisis. In Iraq, we are encouraging all parties to make efforts for the common future of the country,” President Erdoğan stated.

“WE TRY TO MAKE SYRIA A PEACEFUL COUNTRY ONCE AGAIN”

President Erdoğan continued his speech as follows: “Regarding racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, we strive to prevent negativities in various parts of the world, particularly in Europe.”

Stating that Turkey has also adopted an active stance in response to the developments taking place in Syria, which has now become a place where the majority of countries in the world export the radical groups residing within their borders, President Erdoğan said: “By means of both our support to the Geneva and Astana Processes and the safe zones, we continue to establish on the ground, we try to make Syria a peaceful country once again. By clearing the Jarabulus and al-Rai regions from DAESH, and Afrin region from PKK-PYD-YPG terrorist organizations, we have turned an area of 4 thousand kilometers into a safe and peaceful place for millions of Syrians.”

“Recently, with the Sochi Agreement we signed with Russia, we have prevented the regime’s bloody assaults against the de-escalation area in the Idlib province where 3.5 million civilians live. By preventing a repetition of massacres carried out in Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Daraa and East Ghouta from taking place in the Idlib province, we believe that Turkey cleared the way for peace and political solution in Syria.  Our goal is to clear the Syrian territory, all the way from Manbij to the Iraqi border, from terrorists,” President Erdoğan said.

“THOSE WHO EQUIP TERRORISTS WITH ARMS FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR TACTICAL INTERESTS WILL DEFINITELY FEEL REGRET”

Calling on all the parties to support a just and sustainable political solution in Syria with a constructive approach, President Erdoğan said: “We wish to see a principled approach against all terrorist organizations. 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 and regret in the future.”

“Supporting terrorist organizations and closing your borders to refugees, all the while putting the entire burden on a few countries like as Turkey would not give you a more secure and prosperous future. On the contrary, issues deflected in such a way will reach a point where one day, the measures at hand fall short of overcoming them,” President Erdoğan said.

Underscoring that if we cannot create a minimum level of peace and prosperity for all, all over the world, no one can live safely within their own borders, President Erdoğan called for more sincere and constructive efforts for solutions in current dispute regions such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, and Ukraine, as well as potential ones including the Balkans, Caucasus, North Africa, Central Africa, the Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean.

“FETO USES MORE COMPLEX, MORE COVERT AND MORE DECEPTIVE METHODS”

Pointing out that all terrorist organizations do not obtain their sole power from their armed actions and that some of them use more complex, more covert and more deceptive methods, President Erdoğan said: “FETO, which attempted a coup d’état on the night of 15th of June 2016, martyring 251 and wounding 2,193 of our citizens, is exactly that sort of terrorist organization. Its leader is in Pennsylvania, U.S., living on a 400-acre-land and exporting terror to 160 countries from there.”

“This terrorist organization, hiding behind glossy concepts such as education, welfare and dialogue, continues its operations as NGOs or businesses. This terrorist organization, growing and developing with this deception for the last 40 years, showed its true face when it felt it had become powerful enough. They initiated consecutive coup attempts, first with their operatives that had infiltrated the police and the judiciary and then with their agents in the armed forces,” President Erdoğan noted.

“I INVITE ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD TO BE WATCHFUL AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE FETO TERRORIST ORGANIZATION”

Stating that with the economic and bureaucratic power they harnessed over time, the FETO has attempted to take control of politics, society and the state, President Erdoğan said: “Thanks to the support of our people to our resolute struggle over the last 5 years, we have eliminated the majority of FETO in our country. We can now see that this terrorist organization is carrying out similar activities across the globe. One by one, countries that have heeded to Turkey’s warnings and learned from its lessons are deciphering this organization and expelling it from their lands. On the contrary, it appears that many states, including American and European countries, have not understood the danger.”

Underscoring that the amount of funds that the FETO terrorist organization receives in 27 US states from the government budget solely by charter schools is $763 million, President Erdoğan said: “This number does not include the incomes of commercial institutions involved in all sorts of money laundering and other structures with secret agendas that appear to be NGOs.”

Inviting all countries of the world to be watchful and take action against the FETO terrorist organization, President Erdoğan said: “We must show the same solidarity that we show regarding armed terrorist organizations and bloody-handed regimes, also towards this insidious gang as well. We are ready to share our experiences and our information on this issue to any country that wishes to cooperate.      

“NONE OF US CAN REMAIN SILENT TO THE USE OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AS WEAPONS”

Pointing out that trade wars have harmed humanity in every period, and that the world is on the brink of, or, in fact, in that period right now, President Erdoğan said: “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. We must all work together to prevent damage to the world trade regime as a result of such unilateral decisions.”

“In a period where we need to work to achieve the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, no one wants the world to experience a new economic rupture,” President Erdoğan underlined.

“THERE IS NO BIGGER DANGER THAN A WORLD ORDER THAT HAS LOST MERCY, CONSCIENCE, TRUTH AND HOPE”

President Erdoğan continued his speech as follows: “It is easy to create chaos but difficult to reestablish order. 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. We are all facing a similar danger right now. Turkey has always been in favor of both free trade and free movement of persons. Every regression in these two subjects affects us negatively.”

“Furthermore, the fact that this approach is brought up with a rhetoric of threat, force and by entirely disregarding the history of bilateral relations, disappoints us even more. We are in favor of solving our problems through conducting a constructive dialogue on equal terms. As in all other fields, we expect a responsible action also in matters of economy,” President Erdoğan stated.

Noting that Turkey has effective, harmonious and constructive cooperation with our counterparts at the international platforms such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), G-20, Islamic Cooperation Organization and the Customs Union which we have with the European Union, President Erdoğan said: “As Turkey, we always express that we are in support of win-win approach towards our counterparts we work and cooperate with. While our sincere approach is obvious, we deem the allegations and pressures against our country as unfair.”

“WE BELIEVE THAT, TOGETHER WITH THE COUNTRIES SHARING OUR PERSPECTIVE, WE CAN OVERCOME THIS CHAOS”

“We believe that, together with the countries and the institutions sharing our perspective, we can overcome this political and economic chaos the world is trying to be drawn into. We expect your support in this respect,” President Erdoğan said.

“We believe that there is a need for an institution within the UN for the youth, as the youth is our future. As Turkey, we propose establishing a United Nations Youth Organization as soon as possible and suggest Istanbul, one of the symbolic cities of the world history, as its headquarters. We can allocate a Youth Center that is being constructed in Istanbul for this organization,” President Erdoğan said.

Noting that, during the World Aging Summit in Turkey in 2005, 2019 was designated as the International Year of Elderly, President Erdoğan said: “In this respect, the United Nations International Agency for Elderly is being established in Istanbul and the 3rd World Assembly for Elderly will take place in Istanbul. We invite you to this assembly in Istanbul that will be held on December 10.”

President Erdoğan ended his speech as follows: “I wish that the 73rd General Assembly will be successful. On behalf of myself and my country, I salute with respect all countries and peoples represented here, in this common parliament of humanity.”

Resources: Presidency of The Republic of Turkey

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/98751/-we-must-all-work-together-to-prevent-damage-to-the-world-trade-regime-as-a-result-of-unilateral-decisions-


26.09.2018