Volkan Bozkır, Turk minister for EU

Volkan Bozkır, first Turk elected President of the UN General Assembly

Former Turkish Minister for EU Affairs, Bozkır has become the first Turk in history to be elected President of the UN General Assembly at a crucial time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Diplomat and former EU affairs minister Volkan Bozkır became on Wednesday the first Turk in history to be elected president of the UN General Assembly, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Elected with the full support of an overwhelming majority of UN member states, Ambassador Bozkır is expected to take up his post as President of the 75th United Nations General Assembly on September 15, 2020 for a one-year term. A Turkish citizen will therefore assume this high-ranking position within the UN for the first time in the organisation’s history,” the statement said.

“The President of the General Assembly assumes leadership through this process and plays a conciliatory role that allows member states to make the relevant decisions on global problems and their solutions, with a perspective of promoting multilateralism and international cooperation”, the official note continued saying.

His election coincides with the 75th anniversary of the UN and the coronavirus pandemic

“It is especially significant that Ambassador Bozkır assumes his duty as President of the General Assembly during the 75th anniversary of the UN, and in these difficult times in which the United Nations seeks effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic,” added the text.

“With this perspective, we have full confidence that Ambassador Bozkır, an experienced diplomat and politician, will successfully fulfil this distinguished responsibility, make valuable contributions to international peace and stability, and overcome this complicated times,” the statement released from Ankara said.

Volkan Bozkır was officially proposed on September 17, 2019 as a candidate to preside over the UN General Assembly. A former Turkish minister for European Union Affairs and head of the negotiations between Ankara and Brussels, Bozkır was also Turkey’s permanent ambassador to the EU in Brussels, and is currently a deputy for Istanbul in the Turkish parliament.