IF WE HAD SAID YES, HISTORY WOULD HAVE NOT FORGIVEN US
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who addressed the Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum, said Turkey stood behind its signature for peace during the voting in the United Nations.
"If we have said 'no', this would have been a dishonest behaviour. History would not have forgiven us. Future generations would have not forgiven us," said Erdogan.
Erdogan said, "nothing can be achieved with arms, embargoes or exclusion. The world has experienced it, and paid heavy costs in the past. We are still paying heavy costs in Iraq."
SIKORSKY CRASHES: 3 KILLED
A Sikorsky helicopter belonging to the Gendarmerie General Command crashed in the Gokdere Sehitler Plateau in Tunceli around 10:45am. Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Levent Tabak, Pilot First Lieutenant Murat Sarac and Technician Staff Sergeant Kamil Tuna were killed in the accident.
ERDOGAN: "IF WE HAD SAID YES, WE WOULD HAVE DENIED OURSELVES"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey voted "no" to UN Security Council's sanctions against Iran, because Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed nuclear swap deal. "If we had said 'yes' to sanctions, we would have denied ourselves. It would have been a dishonor. We did not want to participate in such a dishonor because history will not forgive us," Erdogan told the inauguration of Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum in Istanbul.
TURKISH OLYMPICS END WITH GREAT CEREMONY
Turkish Language Olympics ended with a great ceremony attended by prominent names from politics, sports and media. Children from 120 countries from France to Indonesia and from Albania to Mozambique participated in the 8th Turkish Language Olympics. The main purpose of the Olympics is to promote the Turkish language around the world.
HISTORY WOULD HAVE NOT FORGIVEN US IF WE HAD SAID YES
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during the talks in the United Nations Security Council they had backed the deal signed in Tehran. Erdogan said, "we would have denied ourselves if we hadn't said no. History and next generations would have not forgiven us if we had been involved in such a mistake."
WE RESCUED LEBANON
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu explained reasons for one-hour delay in the critical voting in the United Nations. Davutoglu said, "yes or no vote could lead to collapse of government in Lebanon. We have made Lebanon give "abstained" vote following a three-hour telephone traffic."
NATO BASE IN IZMIR TO BE CLOSED
NATO, planning to reduce its command structure to two headquarters, will close its air command in Aegean province of Izmir. Fate of the headquarter will become definite at the NATO meeting. Turkey does not oppose to the decision in principle.
TURK CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT ARAB
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at a summit in Istanbul attended by foreign ministers of 17 countries. Erdogan told participants of Turkish-Arab Forum that Turks could not live without Arabs. Erdogan said, "we share the same geography and also share a common history, culture and civilization." Erdogan said some who claimed that Turkey drifted away from the West were making ill-intentioned propaganda.
IS THAT MIDDLE EAST UNION?
A new alliance has been formed among Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria under the name of "High-Level Quadruple Council". These four countries will form a free trade zone and a visa-free zone. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he hoped that it would also cover other regional countries in time. Davutoglu said that the zone of free movement of goods and persons should not be considered an alternative to European Union. He said Turkey was resolute on its bid for EU membership.
ERDOGAN TARGETS WASHINGTON ADMINISTRATION
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said when they had signed the agreement all of the UN Security Council members had congratulated Turkey. He explained why they said "no" without waiting for the turn of events. Erdogan who argued that nothing could be achieved by arms and embargoes, said, "There are hundreds of thousands of widows in Iraq. Who is responsible for it? We have to find an answer to this question. Are we going to remain silent? Those who have brought these on this geography have to give account," said Erdogan.
HELICOPTER CRASHES: 3 KILLED
A Sikorsky helicopter enroute Ankara from Giresun crashed in Tokat. Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Levent Tabak, Pilot First Lieutenant Murat Sarac and Technician Staff Sergeant Kamil Tuna were killed in the accident. Governor Serif Yilmaz said the helicopter did not crash due to an attack.
A TRADITION ENDS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused request of U.S. President Barak Obama to say "yes" prior to voting on Iran in the United Nations. Thus, for the first time, the tradition in Turkey-U.S. relations to fulfill the "demands made in the highest rank" was violated.
Erdogan and Obama talked for 45 minutes ahead of the voting in the UN. Obama demanded vote from Turkey in favor of the sanctions. However, Erdogan said its voting "yes" would not reconcile with the stance of his government when the signatures made in Iran were evident.
According to diplomatic sources, Turkey's response constituted a landmark in bilateral relations.
A Sikorsky helicopter crashed in Black Sea province of Tokat because of a technical failure. Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Levent Tabak, Pilot Lieutenant Murat Sarac and Technician Staff Sergeant Kamil Tuna died on board.
TURKS CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT ARABS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech in the inauguration of Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum in Istanbul on Thursday. Erdogan said there was a deep-rooted relationship between Turks and Arabs, and Turks could not live without Arabs. In regard to some criticisms saying that Turkey changed its axis and drifted away from the West, Erdogan said it was an ill-intentioned propaganda.
SIKORSKY CRASHES IN CENTRAL ANATOLIA, THREE SOLDIERS DEAD
A military helicopter crashed in the Black Sea province of Tokat killing Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Levent Tabak, Pilot Lieutenant Murat Sarac and Technician Staff Sergeant Kamil Tuna on board. Sikorsky military helicopter which took off from Giresun at 9.50 a.m. crashed Gokdere Plateau region at around 10.45 a.m. The cause of the crash is not known.
TURKEY'S NEW TARGET IS MIDDLE EAST UNION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan relayed the toughest message to the European Union (EU) in his 7-year power. Erdogan said, "we are testing them, they are not aware of it."
Erdogan said, "within EU there are some who want to hinder Turkey and open Turkey's membership to discussion. In fact, we are aware of their secret agenda, however, despite this, we continue to fulfill the requirements of the EU regulations. It is a test. EU is not aware that it is under a test. We will see whether it is sincere or not."
To the United States, Erdogan said, "we have signed Tehran agreement because our target is to solve everything on the table. We have seen examples of it. We are still paying costs in Afghanistan and Iraq. Millions of people died. Who are the perpetrators? Shall we remain silent? Those who turned this geography into such a region should pay the price before the history."
FROM SINOP TO SUDAN, FROM STRAIT TO ADEN
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addressed the Turkish-Arabic Forum in Istanbul where representatives of 22 countries attended.
Davutoglu said Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon would be announced as countries of free trade zone and a visa-free zone.
Davutoglu said, "From Kars (Turkey) to Morocco and Mauritania, from Sinop (Turkey) to Sudan, from Istanbul Strait to Gulf of Aden, Turkish and Arab geographies own the most strategic belt of the world. We want to turn it into a security and economic integration belt. The foreign policy which we carry out under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in fact targets to turn this whole basin into a single basin."
NO AXIS SHIFT, JUST HELD OUR HEAD HIGH
Commenting on Turkey's against vote on the UN Sanctions Package against Iran, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "If we had not said no to the sanctions package, we would have denied our signature under the Tehran agreement, and the history would have never forgiven us."
"Those who are talking about an axis shift are ill-willed propaganda tools. Western countries are making investments in the Arab countries and it's perfectly normal, but when it comes to Turkey's investments dirty hands get in the way," said Erdogan.
"Turkey is not intending to show off in the region. We believe unlawfulness and piracy are harming the region. It is time to exert efforts for peace," said Erdogan.
TURKEY INSISTS ON APOLOGY FROM ISRAEL
Turkey's Ambassador in Washington D.C., Namik Tan told New York Times that Israel should apologise for the murders and pay indemnity.