Mher Margaryan and Andreas D. Mavrogiannis, the Permanent Representatives of Armenia and Cyprus to the UN, have sent a letter to the UN Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres. In their letter dated June 2, 2020, the two Ambassadors oppose the election of Volkan Bozkir by Turkey as President of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, breaking the “silent process” and calling for the election of the President of the General Assembly by secret vote.
The letter was released on 96.2020 as an official document of the General Assembly with number A / 74/875.
Among other things, the two Permanent Representatives note that they have examined Mr. Bozkir’s position and have duly noted the assurances he provided during the interactive dialogue with the candidate held on 15 May 2020.
They emphasize that transparency and honesty in all electoral processes are essential for the status of a member of the United Nations, so that conscious choices can be made by properly examining the priorities, views and intentions of the candidates, as well as their background. They emphasize that we cannot overestimate the importance of ensuring that each President of the General Assembly fulfills his responsibilities in an independent and impartial manner, in accordance with the UN acquis, taking into account all other considerations. This is particularly important for the election of a non-partisan President who will lead the General Assembly during the 75th session of the General Assembly, to guide it to re-commit to the multilateral system and the rules that support it.
In addition to the qualities of each candidate, the letter continues, we believe that the leadership of the only universal main body of the UN should be held by a Member State that is exemplary in its compliance with the rules and values of the United Nations. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the state that nominated Mr. Bozkir.
Turkey, the two ambassadors noted, continues to threaten peace and security throughout its region, systematically violating the United Nations Charter and international law, including UN sanctions, in order to fulfill its ambitions for regional δοminance. It does so by demonstrating a pattern of aggressive behavior toward its neighboring countries, undermining their sovereignty and territorial integrity, challenging their sovereign rights, using as a means the plight of refugees and migrants for political purposes.
In addition, Turkey has maintained an illegal blockade of Armenian territory for almost thirty years, effectively blocking the passage and access to the sea of the neighboring enclave. The letter also stressed that Turkey’s persistent policies of denying and attacking the memory and dignity of the victims of the genocide committed in the Ottoman Empire 105 years ago continue to pose a threat to the security of Armenia and the wider region.
The two Permanent Representatives also say that Turkey continues to occupy more than a third of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus for almost 50 years. At the same time, it continues to deny its existence, insisting on not recognizing it by unilaterally declaring an illegal, separatist entity in its territory, trying to oppose the only legitimate government, despite its clear condemnation of its actions by the UN Security Council. In addition, it is responsible for blatant human rights violations in Cyprus, which it continues to deny despite being convicted by the European Court of Human Rights and continues to violate Cyprus’ sovereignty and sovereign rights on land, sea and air.
For the reasons mentioned above, Armenia and Cyprus are opposed to the election of Mr. Bozkir with a tacit process and are calling for the election of the President of the 75th Session of the General Assembly to be held by secret vote, the letter concludes./ibna