'Bringing Kurdish issue before Turkey is blackmail on Israel dispute'

An executive of Turkey's ruling party said that his talks in the United States were positive.

'Bringing Kurdish issue before Turkey is blackmail on Israel dispute'

 

An executive of Turkey's ruling party said on Friday that his talks in the United States were positive.

Omer Celik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party for foreign affairs, said the AK Party delegation's talks in Washington D.C. aimed at perceiving each other's positions.

"Our meetings even with some experts, defined as being against Turkey, were positive," Celik told a press conference in Washington D.C.

Celik said Turkey's rightful position regarding Israel should be supported. If Turkey was criticized for its stance on Israel and if Kurdish or Armenian issues were brought before Turkey, it would have nothing to do with friendship but it would be a blackmail, he also said.

"Because, they are two different issues," Celik said.

Celik said the only way to solve Iran's nuclear program controversy was to sit at a negotiation table, and defined the Tehran agreement as the only agreement to which Iran had been a side since the Revolution.

Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and IAEA, in Turkey.

Also, Celik said there was no shift in Turkey's axis.

AK Party delegation began talks in the United States on June 16. The executives had talks with Turkish members of U.S. think-tank organizations, U.S. congressmen.

The delegation also held talks with Philip Gordon, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and members of some Jewish organizations.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2010, 15:02
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