“India Slams at UNGA President Volkan Bozkir for Comments on J&K”

Volkan Bozkir, during his visit in Pak, at a press conference in Islamabad along with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Bozkir compared Palestine with the J&K issue and said it’s the “obligation of Pakistan to carry this to UN Platform all the more firmly”.

Who is Volkan Bozkir?

Volkan Bozkır is a Turkish representative and legislator and the first Turkish National to hold the post of president of the United Nations General Assembly. The term of UNGA president is for a one-year term, and the president is required to stay unprejudiced or impartial.

 ** Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was the 8th President of the United Nations General Assembly. She was an Indian diplomat and politician who was the first female elected to hold the position. Until now she is the only Indian to be the President at UNGA.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) response to Volkan Bozkir:-

In a solid response, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said his comments are “unacceptable”. His reference to the Indian union territory is “unwarranted”.

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Arindam Bagchi the spokesperson at MEA said “When an incumbent President of the UN General Assembly makes misleading and prejudiced remarks, he does a great disservice to the office he occupies. The President of the UN General Assembly’s behavior is truly regrettable and surely diminishes his standing on the global platform”.

You can go through the total reaction – MEA

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Now the question is, is this against the Code of Ethics under United Nations General Assembly?

It’s clearly mentioned that [3] The President shall avoid any action which might result in or create the appearance of (b) Giving unwarranted preferential treatment to any state, organization or person;

Volkan Bozkir statement is agains the Code of ethics or not

It has written under the Code of Ethics [5] The President shall avoid any situation involving a conflict between his or her own personal or private interest and the interests of the Presidency or the United Nations.

To see the complete Code of Ethics click here – Ethics and Transparency of General Assembly of the United Nation