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Turkey and majority of world in favor of UN-led sanctions.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- If a global referendum were to be held, Turkey would be among the countries voting in favor of United Nations (UN) sanctions along with the majority of the world's countries, according to a survey from WIN/Gallup International.

Among large nations, India leads the pro-sanctions group which would hold an 11 percent advantage over the anti-sanctions group led by China, according to a press release published on the WIN/Gallup International website.

According to the report, which will be presented as a policy note to the United Nations secretary-general on Sept. 15, the top 10 nations most supportive of sanctions are Armenia, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Vietnam, Portugal, Lebanon, Italy, Ukraine and Germany.

In contrast, the 10 countries most opposed to UN sanctions are Thailand, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Panama, Argentina, Colombia, Philippines, Palestinian Territories and Serbia.

"Our survey shows that the world favors the imposed United Nations' Sanctions," the press release stated, continuing, "Out of the 61 countries surveyed, 49 are pro-sanctions, 11 are anti-sanctions and one is on the fence."

The report notes, "If a mock referendum was held among the over 7 billion people of the world on this issue, the report predicts that pro-sanction populations would be roughly 11 percent ahead of the anti-sanctions populations, with 50 percent being pro-sanctions and 39 percent being anti-sanctions."

Jean-Marc Leger, president of WIN/Gallup International, said of the survey, "We are proud at WIN/Gallup International to provide a scientific window into the thoughts and behaviors of the world's population and thus hope to make our contribution as global citizens."

The report shows that even though sanctions enjoy an overall majority, some segments of the global population hold polar opposite views on the subject. For example, while the balance of opinion, or net support, in India weighs heavily in favor of sanctions at 40 percent, the balance of opinion in its neighboring China is highly opposed to sanctions with a score of -39 percent according to the report.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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