Erdogan Slams 'Christian-only' UN Security Council, Biased Nobel Committee

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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan leaves an official ceremony to mark Republic Day at the new Presidential Palace in Ankara Oct. 29, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday condemned the United Nations Security Council for being an unrepresentative "Christian body," as well as the "biased" decisions of Norway's Nobel Prize Committee.

A stringent critic of the UN Security Council, Erdogan claimed that it's a Christian-only club. "There is [representation from] Europe, Asia, America These five countries are made up only of Christians. Is there a Muslim country there? No," Today's Zaman quoted him as saying. "The entire world is looking at what comes out of the mouths of these five countries. If one of them says 'no', then the matter is closed.".

The Nobel Committee did not escape the president wrath, either. Erdogan accused the panel of biased decisions in awarding the prestigious prize, especially against Turks, who have only won once: the writer Orhan Pamuk was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. The committee declined to respond to the Turkish president, according to Today's Zaman.

Eleven Muslims have won the Nobel Prize, mostly recently the Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Others include Anwar Sadat in 1978 and Yasser Arafat in 1994, who were both awarded for their peace-making efforts with Israel.

Turning to the civil war raging in Syria, the Turkish president accused the West of not caring about the suffering of its beleaguered citizens: "300,000 people were killed in Syria; millions were forced to leave their homes. When [Western leaders] see us, they extend their congratulations for the work we do [for Syrian refugees]. Cut it out with this talk. Tell us about how much support you gave to Turkey, which shoulders the burden,” the report said.

In the same address, Erdogan rebuked criticism of his sprawling new presidential palace, known as Ak Saray (White Palace), saying, “This is not Tayyip Erdogan's palace This is the palace of the Turkish nation.”

Erdogan made the remarks during an address at his new palace complex, which reportedly cost $615 million and contains 1000 rooms.

In November, Erdogan claimed that Muslim explorers, not Christopher Columbus, first discovered the Americas.

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