Armenia, Greece and Cyprus demand vote on nomination of Turkey’s candidate as chairman of UN General Assembly’s 75th session

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YEREVAN, June 6. /ARKA. Anna Naghdalyan, spokeswoman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry, said today that Armenia, Greece and Cyprus, violating the silence procedure, sent letters to the chairman of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Tijan Mohammed-Banda, demanding a vote on the nomination of Turkey’s candidate as chairman of the GA’s 75th session.

She said under the principle of geographical rotation adopted by the UN, the chairman of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly should be elected from a group of Western European countries and the only preliminary approved candidate is Volkan Bozkir from Turkey.

“I would like to emphasize that voting must be held even if only Armenia requested it,” she explained.
Naghdalyan said that as far as she knows, this is the first such case at the UN. In her words, along with the Armenian side, also a number of international partners expressed concern regarding Turkey’s candidate.

“Armenia, Cyprus and Greece sent a letter about the violation of the silence procedure; moreover, a joint letter was submitted by Armenia and Cyprus. It specifically states that “Turkey threatens the peace and security of the entire region in order to achieve the leading role in the region by periodically violating the UN Charter and international law, including UN penalties,” she said.

The spokeswoman of the Armenian Foreign Ministry also added that Armenia raised the issue of the blockade that Turkey has been imposing on it for more than 30 years, its consistent denial and even policy of justifying the Armenian Genocide.

“In the joint letter, Armenia and Cyprus emphasize that the post of chairman of the UN General Assembly should be given to a country whose actions and policies are consistent with the norms and recognized values of the UN. It is obvious that Turkey is not the best country that meets these criteria,” Naghdalyan said.

Turkey officially recognized the Republic of Armenia on 24 December 1991 and until now refuses to establish diplomatic relations with it. In 1993, Turkey unilaterally closed its air and land borders with Armenia. Since 1991, attempts have been made to normalize the bilateral relations, which ended up unsuccessfully because of Turkey’s position.

In 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland, Armenia and Turkey signed protocols on establishment and development of diplomatic and other relations, however, after the signature, Turkey abruptly changed its position linking the ratification of the protocols to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

This in mind Armenia suspended the process of ratifications of the protocols. In 2018 then Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan terminated the procedure for the signing of protocols.

Current Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated on December 13, 2019 that all Armenian governments repeatedly stated their readiness to establish good neighborly relations with Turkey without preconditions.

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