On the first day of the UN General Assembly, the Heads of State alternate speaking at the annual diplomatic mass, organized through conference calls due to the Covid-19 health crisis. Follow their efforts live on France 24.
Trump, Erdogan, Xi, Putin, Rohani, Macron … In the midst of the global crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, their votes, which are expected on Tuesday 22 September, the first day of the UN General Assembly, will not be resonance in the large UN complex in New York, but they will still express themselves through screens.
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Following an introduction by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke first, as usual, followed by Donald Trump. The speech from the 193 members will be linked in one week. Thematic summits (Covid-19, climate, Lebanon, Libya, biodiversity …), even virtually, are planned in the coming weeks by the congregation.
• Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
He believes his country is “the victim of one of the most brutal disinformation campaigns on the Amazon and the Pantanal”, where fires are now raging. “Everyone knows that the Brazilian Amazon is very rich. This explains the support of international institutions for this campaign with dubious interests, with the help of profitable Brazilian associations, unpatriotic, with the aim of harming Brazil,” he added.
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• Donald Trump, President of the United States
“At the beginning of the spread of the virus, China banned domestic flights while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world,” said Donald Trump. “The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is almost controlled by China, have wrongly said that there is no evidence of human transmission of the virus,” he added. “The UN must hold China accountable for its actions,” he insisted.
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He also predicted a way out of the crisis laden with promises: “We will distribute a vaccine, we will defeat the virus, we will end the pandemic and we will enter a new unparalleled era of prosperity, cooperation and peace.” is proud that I put America first, that’s fine, so should you.
REPLAY – Speech by Donald Trump in connection with the 75th UN General Assembly
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey
“The UN must be reformed, international organizations were not effective during the Covid-19 crisis (…) Multilateralism must be put at the service of the fight against coronavirus. I urge them that medical treatments and vaccines are not competitive.”
According to him, Turkey responds to the needs of millions of Syrian refugees but also in Syria in the areas it controls. “We are carrying out this mission without real support from international organizations,” he lamented. “Some countries are violating the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, the national community must respond.”
Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a “sincere dialogue” to resolve the conflict between his country and Greece and the European Union in the Mediterranean, while rejecting all “harassment” against Turkey. “Our priority is to resolve conflicts through a sincere dialogue, based on international law and a fair foundation. However, I want to make it clear that we will never tolerate dictates, harassment or attacks.”
REPLAY – Speech by Recep Tayyip Erdogan in connection with the 75th UN General Assembly
- Xi Jinping, President of China
“The virus will be defeated, humanity will win the battle,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the opening of his speech. “In the face of the virus, we must mobilize all resources and put human life above all else,” he said, adding that special support should be given to developing countries, especially in Africa.
“We must support each other and reject ideological hassle,” he continued, saying that China did not “intend” to go to war with anyone.