The French president calls for “international cooperation” in search of “a new consensus”, in his speech at the 75th UN General Assembly
Emmanuel Macron has defended that the devastating coronavirus pandemic should be “a call for help” for the construction of “a new consensus.” The president of France, in a very long speech before the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations of almost 45 minutes, more than double the recommended time, has wanted to present himself as a figure of global leadership at a time when the United States and other powers deny of multilateralism in favor of an isolating nationalism. “The world today cannot be reduced to the rivalry between China and the United States, despite the global weight of these two great powers,” he said, at the end of the first morning of a General Assembly in which the leaders intervened in a telematics, and in which the tensions between Washington and Beijing have re-emerged with particular harshness in the interventions of their respective leaders.
The global health crisis has highlighted “the fracture of the means of collective action,” said Macron, and “the way out can only come from international cooperation.” “The collapse of cooperation frameworks means that we must build a new order,” he added. “Multilateralism is not just an act of faith, it is an operational necessity,” he added, insisting on the message he has repeated since he came to power three years ago.
Macron has lamented the paralysis of the UN Security Council in the face of the pandemic, an inaction for which he has blamed precisely the rivalry between the United States and China. Instead, it has valued the response of the European Union, which has taken “a historic step of unity and solidarity” in the face of a crisis that it has defended will be strengthened. “We are not collectively condemned to a dance of two that would reduce us to sad spectators of a collective impotence,” he reiterated.
The president has reviewed the main conflicts shaking the world chessboard in Libya, Mali and Syria, among others. He celebrated the normalization of relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, but recalled that “a just and lasting peace requires a negotiation that allows the Palestinians to exercise their rights.” “Humiliation,” he said, “cannot be compensated with money.”
The tensions in the eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and Greece over the limits of territorial waters and the exploration of hydrocarbons in disputed waters, a conflict in which France has led the offensive against Ankara within the EU, has also come to light in the first day of the General Assembly. The tone has softened in recent days, and after a call this Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, Turkey has shown itself willing to resume talks with Greece.
“We Europeans are prepared for dialogue, for the construction of the essential Pax Mediterránea, but not at the cost of intimidation,” Macron said. Hours earlier, in his speech at the same General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured that there can only be a solution if it is recognized that the Turkish Cypriots “are co-owners of the island.” Erdogan has proposed a regional conference with the Mediterranean coastal states to address the tensions “I would like to reiterate our call to establish dialogue and cooperation with the Mediterranean coastal states,” he said. “We propose the holding of a regional conference where the rights and interests of all coastal states are taken into consideration, and where the Turkish Cypriots are also present.”