Turkey's MHP slams govt's foreign policy

Devlet Bahceli, leader of Nationalist Movement Party, criticized the government's foreign policy.

Turkey's MHP slams govt's foreign policy

Devlet Bahceli, leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) -the second biggest opposition in the parliament- criticized the government's foreign policy and the recent rapprochement with Armenia.

Addressing the group meeting of his pary Tuesday in the parliament, Bahceli said the government "failed to seek Turkey's national interests."

He said the government's zero problem policy was "nothing more than subordination to foreign aspirations it failed to resist."

Bahceli said the recent protocols signed with Armenia was "the arbitrariness" of the government and it "did not reflect the views and emotions of the whole nation."

He urged the government not to be influenced by foreign impositions and to avoid straining relations with a country while trying to fix relations with another.

''The Justice and Development (AK) Party mentality which risks loosing Azerbaijan in the name of winning over Armenia, has forced relations with this close ally to a dangerous path," said Bahceli.

"Respect Turkish flag"

Azerbaijan which have been uneasy about the recent rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia voiced concern and sought reassurance from the government of Turkey, its old ally, that it would not reopen borders with Armenia before a settlement to the Upper-Karabakh dispute.

Tough Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials promised not to open borders before a settlement was reached, Azerbaijan announced it would raise the price of natural gas sold to Turkey and look for alternatives routes bypassing Turkey to carry its gas to Europe in reprisal for recent Turkey-Armenian rapprochement. It also removed the Turkish flags from a military cemetery which house Turkish soldiers killed in defense of Azerbaijan.

Bahceli said Turkish nation was loyal to and always stood by Azerbaijan urging it not to hurt feelings of the entire Turkish nation for mistakes of the AK Party administration.

"In this respect we urge Azerbaijan to respect the Turkish flag and channel "their righteous anger" to diplomatic paths," said Bahceli.

Turkey and Armenia had no diplomatic ties or economic relations since Turkey closed its border with Armenia after this country invaded the Upper-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in 1992, until recently when the two countries agreed about a month ago on a protocol to establish relations after months-long Swiss mediated talks.

The two countries signed two protocols recently to normalize relations which among other things foresees reciprocal opening of borders between the two countries and mutual recognition of existing borders.

Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2009, 17:12
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