Turkey's Arinc says UN vote not to affect US ties

Arinc said that Turkey's stance in the United Nations was a consequence of Turkey's principles, and its decisive and honest position pursued in foreign policy.

Turkey's Arinc says UN vote not to affect US ties

Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Friday that Turkey's stance in the United Nations was a consequence of Turkey's principles, and its decisive and honest position pursued in foreign policy.

"Those who think that Turkey's previous stance (during voting in UN regarding sanction on Iran) was very pursuant and salutary should not be astonished about Turkey's negative vote. This is a result of principled position, and definitely Turkish-U.S. relations will not be affected," Arinc said speaking at his meeting with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Parliament Speaker Hasan Bozer.

Asked to comment on the criticisms whether Turkey was reconsidering its place in the region and if an axis shift was in question, Arinc underlined that this was certainly not an axis shift.

"Negative votes of Turkey and Brazil in UN were not considered as extraordinary. Earlier, they thanked Turkey over the swap deal. They said Turkey made steps that may resolve the crisis. However, later this was not accepted by atomic energy in Austria and UN Security Council made decision to impose sanction on Iran with the insistence of the United States," Arinc said.

Referring to the views that had been stated after rejection of a motion in the Turkish Parliament, pertaining to dispatch U.S. ships, planes and troops via Turkey to open a front in Iraq, that the United States would refuse Turkey, would not answer its phones, value of the U.S. dollar would rise and that Turkey would be isolated, Arinc said, "however, commonsense prevailed after the crisis and relations between Turkey and the United States were settled on better ground. I believe that neither the United States nor the other countries would wish disruption of relations with Turkey against such an issue."

Arinc said Turkey was trying to keep away from the elements which threaten both the regional and the world peace and make its statements honestly and in a determined way.

"The UN Security Council made a decision with 12 votes in favor but at the same time it is the right of other countries to oppose this decision. This is not an axis shift definitely. Turkey is in a multilateral foreign policy but on the one side it is careful for balances in Asia and on the other side sees African fact. Turkey also assesses well the crisis points in the Middle east. I believe that Turkey's negative vote in the UN Security Council is an indication of Turkey's decisive and honest stance and will yield positive results for Turkey and the world peace. Furthermore, whoever addressed the Security Council he eulogized Turkey's efforts and stated that swap deal made with Iran should also be on the table. Turkey had to give negative vote, not abstained, to display its decision because only an honest country could do this."


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