World Bulletin / News Desk
After the crisis of the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, the controversy at the UN Security Council over Iran's nuclear activities -- voted on after an agreement between Iran, Turkey and Brazil -- and the increase in PKK attacks in Turkey, a crucial question comes to mind: Do all these developments form the rings of one chain, making them related to each other, or are they all separate occurrences and just a cruel coincidence? As for the latter, it is hard to say “yes” at first glance. The first question, it's even harder to answer.
As debates rage over whether Turkey is paying a price for its stance on the latest developments in the international arena, the consequences of Turkey's acts continue to echo. Mostafa Dolatyar, the general director of the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Tehran, has stated that Turkey's decisions will have positive consequences in the long run. “It means an upgrade in Turkey's global standing as a regional player to an international player,” said Dolatyar, in an interview with Cihan News Agency.
“It [Turkey's vote in the UN] was a very good decision,” he says, “It was talked about all over the world, and it was in Turkey's best interests and it will continue to be because one of the most important aspects of international interactions between different players is trust.” The recent deadlock in negotiations with Iran is due to the inconsistent policies of the Western countries, according to Iran.
“To be credible is a very big issue,” says Dolatyar. “One of the problems with Western countries is that they are not credible, they are not trustworthy. And this is why they cannot solve many of the problems that they themselves have created. Look at the situation in Afghanistan. Look at the situation in Iraq. Look at the case of genocide in Palestine. They have always created problems, but they have not been able to solve those problems. Why? Because they have no credibility. No one can trust them. So, as a trustworthy and credible country, Turkey made a very wise move. It's a valuable asset for Turkey. And we'll do our best to maintain our friendship in the future as well.”
On whether the process of sanctions will affect the implementation of the agreement signed with Turkey and Brazil, Iran has given no clear response. “The agreement has some conditions,” says Dolatyar. “It's a final stage. If the other side is not ready to cooperate, there is no other choice for Iran except to continue its activities, which are totally peaceful. It will be implemented, provided that the conditions are met. There's no ambiguity in the Tehran Declaration.”
Iran takes a step back on Gaza
In another issue related to Iran, the plan to send aid ships to Gaza has been cancelled. As contradictory information came out on whether the ships had departed or not, the public awaited a statement from the Iranian parliament. A member of the Iranian parliament, Mahmud Bigash, declared that Iran has cancelled the planned aid flotilla to Gaza, preferring to send the aid by other means.
“Last year we sent a ship to Gaza, but it was unable to reach Gaza,” says Dolatyar, “The point is that we have to support this move. The Gazan people need help, and we have to support them. But, we're definitely not looking into making any rash moves. Our intention is to help Palestinians in Gaza. So we will be in touch with Egypt as we were last year, we'll be in touch with other neighboring countries in the region to see how we can do this and find the best possible way to help the Palestinians.”
It seems that the Iranian authorities are reluctant to calculate risk in public, as to why they decided to cancel plans to send ships to Gaza. “It's not necessary to answer such questions,” says Dolatyar, about what Iran would do if the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacked the Iranian ships, “But last year we managed to help Palestinians without engaging in this kind of interaction, so we have to be careful; the other side also has to be careful not to make a wrong move, [or the] wrong decision.”
As for the rumors that US warships were on their way to the region, Dolatyar notes that such methods of disinformation are one way of disseminating propaganda through the media. “US warships have been in this area for a very long time, maybe for 10 years,” says Dolatyar, adding: “So it is not something new, they have always been there, so this is just propaganda. This is how the corporate media works, and they have always been there to make problems, not to solve problems.”
While Iran strongly asserted that they drew back because of Israeli pressure, a question comes to mind of whether this is the beginning of a retreat or not. Whether Iran will back down on its nuclear program or not, as it did on Gaza, is a conundrum.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2010, 18:24