Turkey says has 'effective role' in Kyrgyzstan talks

Davutoglu also dismissed criticisms that Turkish government shifted the country's foreign policy direction to the East.

Turkey says has 'effective role' in Kyrgyzstan talks


The Turkish foreign minister denied on Tuesday allegations that Turkish foreign policy was not interested in Central Asia.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the views that Turkish foreign policy was not so interested in developments in Central Asia were baseless.

"Turkey was one of the first countries that assumed an attitude very actively after incidents broke out in Kyrgyzstan," Davutoglu told reporters in Oslo, Norway.

Davutoglu is paying a formal visit to Norway upon an invitation by his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store.

Minister Davutoglu said Turkey had an effective role in talks between the parties.

"However, Turkey should be very careful in clashes among groups, one of which is our kinsman and brother," he said.

Davutoglu said Turkey set up a crisis desk immediately after clashes erupted, and brought Turkish citizens to Turkey safely from Kyrgyzstan.

Turkey had urged the international community to take action, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said Turkey was still interested in developments in Central Asia, and Asia and Europe were indispensable in Turkey's foreign policy.

"The Central Asia is the principal element in Turkey's policy," he also said.

"Multi-dimensional foreign policy"


Davutoglu also dismissed criticisms that Turkish government shifted the country's foreign policy direction to the East.

"This kind of discussion are always deliberately launched whenever Turkey moves to assume an active role in its wider region and expands its power of influence. We consider these criticisms as conjunctural attempts devoid of good will and objectivity," Davutoglu told reporters in Oslo, Norway.

Davutoglu said the Turkish government would continue to pursue "a multi-dimensional foreign policy" in line with the country's geographical position and its historical ties, however added that membership in the European Union and NATO remained to top the priorities of the Turkish foreign policy.

"It is odd to see that no one talks about such a shift when Turkey signs extensive agreements with Greece, or conducting indirect talks between Israel and Syria, or engaging Iraqi Sunnis to get them involved in the political process," Davutoglu said.

Riots killed at least 170 people in Kyrgyz provinces of Osh and Jalalabad since violence erupted in this country last Thursday night.


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