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Turkey minister: UNSC should have permanent Muslim member

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim gestures as he is the special guest of Anadolu Agency's Editors’ Desk in Ankara, Turkey on 5 July, 2018 [Ali Balıkçı/Anadolu Agency]
ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 5: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim gestures as he is the special guest of Anadolu Agency's Editors’ Desk in Ankara, Turkey on July 5, 2018. ( Ali Balıkçı - Anadolu Agency )

The Turkish Parliament’s Speaker, Binali Yıldırım, said Wednesday that the United Nations Security Council must have a permanent Muslim member State.

Yıldırım explained during an event organized in Istanbul that the number of UN member states is 194 countries while there are 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Yıldırım said one in four of the UN’s member states has a Muslim majority.

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According to Yıldırım, the veto was granted to the Security Council five permanent members after the Second World War, to prevent the outbreak of new wars and achieve global stability. “But today we see that the veto has moved away from its objectives and became a tool to start wars,” he added.

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