Turkey’s UNSC Bid for Next Term Looks Promising | Gözde Nur Donat

In October 2008, for the first time since 1961 and with a historic vote from 151 members, Turkey was elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Turkey held this seat in 2009 and 2010.
Dr. Sylvia Tiryaki, an expert in international law and the deputy director of the Global Political Trends Center, said it would be a bit unusual for Turkey to be elected for a second time in such short time period.
“What is playing as a facilitator in Turkey’s bid is the situation in the region and the important role Turkey is playing vis-à-vis Syria and vis-à-vis Arab Spring developments,” Tiryaki, however, stated. Turkey’s close relations with Third World countries, especially its promising friendship with the African continent, could also work in Turkey’s favor.
“To announce its candidacy is also a part of the package,” Tiryaki said. “Whatever the result will be, Turkey showed that it is taking its role seriously, being ready to take responsibility related to international issues,” she noted”.
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