UN meeting chief sad at NY mayor spurning COVID assembly

UN meeting chief sad at NY mayor spurning COVID assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the United Nations Normal Meeting wasn’t comfortable that New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio rejected a gathering with him to debate the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work of the 193-member world group — and he issued a uncommon assertion Friday expressing disappointment and concern on the snub.

Volker Bozkir stated the United Nations “has been proud to name town its dwelling because the center of the final century” and is “comfortable to generate billions of {dollars} in financial advantages and tens of hundreds of jobs in New York Metropolis.”

However the Turkish politician and former diplomat stated he was disillusioned on the mayor’s refusal to fulfill him as a result of “the insurance policies devised by town of New York immediately have an effect on the work of the United Nations and by extension hundreds of thousands of lives throughout the globe.”

“COVID-19 has deeply damage New Yorkers, together with the United Nations workers and delegates who take into account town to be their hometown,” Bozkir stated. “With a view to defeat the virus, all of us must band collectively in solidarity. The United Nations and New York should collaborate extra carefully than ever… This lack of interplay issues me.”

Bozkir, who was elected by U.N. members and took over the one-year presidency of the Normal Meeting in mid-September, has been urgent for extra in-person conferences and is hoping to carry a U.N. summit on COVID-19 later this 12 months.

His spokesman, Brenden Varma, advised reporters that Bozkir reached out about two weeks in the past to ask for an appointment with the mayor, and supplied to go to de Blasio’s workplace for an in-person assembly. However the meeting president obtained a response just a few days in the past declining the request, with out an evidence, he stated.

“I feel for him it’s essential to foster this type of coordination between the highest elected official of the United Nations and the highest elected official of New York Metropolis, in order that we will make certain the Normal Meeting is functioning correctly and that everybody is protected,” Varma stated. “For him, there have been sure messages that sure member states had been excited by having him transmit to the mayor.”

Varma was requested in regards to the messages and whether or not Bozkir was making an attempt to get exemptions on restrictions imposed by town due to COVID-19, however he wouldn’t give any particulars of the meeting president’s agenda for a gathering that by no means occurred.

Bozkir additionally requested a gathering with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 16, Varma stated, “and we’re ready to listen to again whether or not that assembly will occur or not.”

Penny Abeywardena, New York Metropolis’s commissioner for worldwide affairs, responded to the meeting president’s assertion, however she by no means talked about the mayor’s resolution to not meet Bozkir.

She pointed to de Blasio’s “glorious relationship” with U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres and “deeply collaborative relationship with Mr. Bozkir’s predecessors,” and stated town seems to be ahead “to persevering with our partnership with the United Nations.”

All through the COVID-19 disaster, Abeywardena stated, her workplace “has labored carefully with senior U.N. management to speak town’s ongoing response and insurance policies, briefed digital gatherings of the Normal Meeting, and held a number of digital conferences to maintain the diplomatic group knowledgeable in regards to the companies and assets out there to them and their constituents.”

Varma stated Bozkir “hopes the mayor will perceive how essential this assembly was to him — the truth that he needs to make sure this type of coordination and dialogue each amongst U.N. leaders but additionally with leaders of town and finally of the state as effectively.”

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