Gul: 'No diplomat left to appoint'

Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul reacted to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer who vetoed appointments of diplomats. "There is no diplomat left at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to appoint.

Gul: 'No diplomat left to appoint'
"At such a critical period, we demand the chairman of the National Security Council to remain at his position. Will we go on with a deputy chairman at the National Security Council and appointed an ambassador as chairman?"

The president vetoed all the figures suggested for the National Security Council (MGK) undersecretary which led to a crisis.

The minister of foreign affairs Gül reacted by saying: "no other ambassador is left at my ministry."

The tension between the presidential mansion and the government about appointments led to the victimization of the diplomats of the ministry of foreign affairs.

The president Sezer vetoed the appointment to the general secretary position of National Security Council and then vetoed five undersecretary assistants of the ministry of foreign affairs.

The veto process went on with vetoing the new figure suggested for National Security Council (MGK), which led to a battle.

The president vetoed Tahsin Burcuoğlu, the ambassador of Athens, suggested to replace Yiğit Alpogan appointed as London ambassador.

Both the Prime Minister Erdoğan and the minister of foreign affairs Abdullah Gül reacted to this attitude.

Gül said: "no other ambassador is left at my ministry. This is not an issue of the government but an issue of Turkey. We did not suggest a political figure as the position is at the National Security Council (MGK)."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2007, 15:21
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