UN, Giorgia Meloni in New York: towards meeting with Erdogan to stem the Balkan conflict

The prime minister will arrive in the evening, when it will already be dawn in Italy. Speech at the 78th UN General Assembly on Wednesday

(from correspondent Ileana Sciarra) – After bringing Ursula von der Leyen to Lampedusa, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will ideally bring Lampedusa to New York, to the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the speech that he will give on Wednesday evening, and which will mark the debut of the Italian Prime Minister at the UNGA, Meloni will also focus on the migrant emergency, because Italy cannot be left alone and Europe’s help is not enough, the meaning of his speech, in which he will also reiterate his firm support for Ukraine and the necessary and tireless work for a ‘just peace’.

In front of the assembly which traditionally brings together heads of state and government of the 193 member states, Meloni will address a series of topics – including the reform of the UN and the centrality of multilateralism – but will also turn the spotlight on that Mattei plan for Africa on which he is betting many of his chips, in a very complicated game that makes the government tremble, because the “Africa powder keg is not explosive but has already exploded”, as the Minister for Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani is reiterating in recent hours.

The Prime Minister, who will also bring her daughter Ginevra with her on this trip, he will arrive in New York in the evening, when it will already be dawn in Italy, with a busy agenda still being defined. In fact, we are working on a series of bilateral meetings: in addition to the one with the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres – set for Wednesday at 4pm, 10pm Italian time – the Prime Minister should also see the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune , Italian sources report. With the Turkish leader, in particular, Meloni aims to find an agreement to stem the wave of migration that is pushing towards the borders from the Balkan route. Tajani himself explains it, on the sidelines of the work at the Glass Palace. Where he forcefully points out that Lampedusa is only “the tip of the iceberg, it is reductive to talk about the migration problem only in these terms”, while from France, Foreign Minister Darmanin declares that Paris will not welcome migrants arriving on the Sicilian island.

“No to electoral adverts” on the skin of migrants, is the invitation of Tajani, who seems to be ‘talking to his daughter-in-law so that the mother-in-law will understand’, while in Italy attention is still alive for the presence of the leader of the French ultra-right Marine Le Pen in Pontida, Salvini’s guest: “Le Pen was not in the CDM this morning” to define the new crackdown on migrants, Tajani says piquedly to the journalists who press him, “it is certainly not she who decides what Italy does but the government ”.

Meloni will explain the latest decisions taken and the pressure weighing on the countries of first arrival to the other leaders present in New York, who will forcefully ask for the intervention of the United Nations, while the mayor’s words still resonate in the evocative Glass Palace Filippo Mannino, his cry of alarm, so that “Lampedusa does not become a new Ellis Island”. The Prime Minister’s official agenda For now, he plans to be present tomorrow, at 9 am local time (3 pm in Rome), at the opening of the general debate of the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations, with speeches, among others, by US President Joe Biden, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

On Wednesday, the day on which his ‘debut’ is expected at the UN Palace, Meloni will speak at 11am, 5pm in Italy, in the Security Council debate dedicated to Ukraine, chaired by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama as President on duty of the Security Council, and with the presence of the president and leader of the Ukrainian resistance Zelensky. Then, at 7 pm, the long-awaited speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

Tajani to EU ministers: “Global migration strategy, now an explosive problem”

A common strategy, which involves not only Europe but also the United Nations, in the face of a problem that has now taken on an ‘explosive’ dimension. This, in a nutshell, is the reasoning that Deputy Prime Minister Tajani put on the table at the meeting with European Foreign Ministers held today in New York, on the sidelines of the UNGA’s work.

“The arc of African instability has made the situation explosive – Tajani’s words – and Niger is only part of the problem”. For this reason, “we need a long-term strategy, at EU but also UN level”. For the head of the Farnesina, who received the solidarity of several colleagues for the migratory pressure on the island of Lampedusa, “we must not interrupt European programs to combat irregular migration and human trafficking. We must have a global strategy that looks at the situation as a whole, not only” with the spotlight on “Africa but also on the Middle East”.