Turkish diplomat elected president of UN General Assembly

Volkan Bozkır, a Turkish diplomat, was elected the President of the United Nations General Assembly, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday, Daily Sabah reports. 

"Elected by the full support from the overwhelming majority of UN Member States, Ambassador Bozkır is expected to take office as the President of the 75th UN General Assembly on 15 September 2020 for a duration of one year. A Turkish citizen will hereby undertake this highest-ranking position within the UN system for the first time in the history of the organization," the statement added.

The event marks the first-ever Turkish diplomat to be elected to the post.

Turkey announced its candidature in 2014 from the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) and Ambassador Bozkır was officially nominated to this position on 12 September 2019. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan formally declared Ambassador Bozkır’s candidacy in his address to the UN General Assembly on 17 September 2019.

Bozkır is a former European Union minister and chief negotiator and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.


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