I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The EU strongly opposes the decision taken by Turkey to raise objection to the request of Cyprus to participate as an observer at the 2021 session of the Conference on Disarmament. It is deeply regrettable that Turkey persists with blocking a United Nations and a European Union Member State from participating in a United Nations forum. This decision goes against the basic principle of multilateralism and harms our collective endeavours, which the European Union has been honouring ever since.
Since 1998, Cyprus has been participating uninterruptedly as an observer to the Conference on Disarmament and therefore Turkey’s change in policy by objecting to Cyprus’ request for participation at the 2020 and now the 2021 sessions of the CD is unacceptable. We consider this as an act that undermines the constructive spirit and approach that we strive to create in the Conference on Disarmament. In this regard, we call on Turkey to revert to its original pre-2020 position regarding the participation of UN Members States to the Conference on Disarmament and submit its possible reservations in writing, without blocking the observership of any UN Member State, thus show its unwavering commitment to multilateralism.
Thank you, Mr. President