Turkey's PM addresses nation on TV

Israel's attack on aid ships was an act of tyranny not only for the citizens of Turkey or other countries but also for the whole humanity, Erdogan said.

Turkey's PM addresses nation on TV

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday more democracy, more justice, more fair distribution of income and more balanced development would bring an end to terror.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Erdogan said that for years a state of emergency had been applied in southeastern Turkey.

Yet the state of emergency did not cause terror to deteriorate or decrease the number of lives lost. Instead, the state of emergency caused an increase in tension, poverty and injustice. Conditions became more convenient for terror with the state of emergency, Erdogan said.

We believe that more democracy and more justice will bring an end to terror, Erdogan said.

In reference to Israel's attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31, Erdogan said that the incident was an example of tyranny that would go onto the pages of the history of humanity.

Israel killed nine humans and wounded dozens of others in an attack on an aid flotilla in international waters on May 31. Israel unlawfully stopped the ships, unlawfully placed the volunteers in Israeli prisons for hours and unlawfully questioned the volunteers, Erdogan said.

Israel's attack on aid ships was an act of tyranny not only for the citizens of Turkey or other countries but also for the whole humanity, Erdogan said.

The Turkish state and people reacted harshly to Israel's attack and this incident was condemned in all corners of the world, Erdogan said.

"Multi-lateral diplomacy"

The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey's foreign policy was not limited with a certain region or issue.

Erdogan said Turkey had the same sincere and rational stance, based on peace and friendship, towards every region, country or problem.

Turkey was not against any country, nation, belief or culture but his country objected to any kind of illegality, injustice or despotism no matter where it came from, Erdogan said.

"This is the direction of Turkey's actual foreign policy," he said.

Erdogan said those who assessed the current issues in a fair way could see that Turkey had the same well-intentioned approach in its relations with USA, EU, Syria, Iran, Greece, Russia or Italy.

The Turkish prime minister said Turkey displayed the same sincere efforts for its EU process and the peace talks in Cyprus; it carried out tasks in Afghanistan and cooperated with Spain for the Alliance of Civilizations initiative; moreover, Turkey was interested in lifting of the embargoes over Gaza, establishment of an order in Iraq and providing lasting peace in the Balkans and the Caucasus.

"Because, we know we cannot protect our country's interests by turning into our own shell and being indifferent to the outer world," he said.

Erdogan noted that Turkey had to follow a multi-dimensional and multi-lateral diplomacy in today's world.

Commenting on the intense diplomatic traffic in Turkey in June, Erdogan said Turkey had hosted several important international meetings during such period.

Erdogan said the Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), the UN Conference on Millenium Development Goals, the 6th Meeting of the Investment Advisory Council of Turkey, the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP)summit and the 5th Turkish-Arab Economy Forum were held in Istanbul, moreover, he had the chance to hold talks with high-level officials from numerous countries such as Russia, Azerbaijan, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.

Pointing to Turkey's increasing trade volume with Arab countries, Erdogan said such volume increased 428 percent to 37 billion USD between 2002 and 2008 thanks to the efforts of the Turkish government.

"Turkey's relations with Arab countries will continue to improve based on a fruitful cooperation," Erdogan noted.

Regarding his recent participation in the G-20 summit held in Canada as well, the Turkish prime minister said Turkey's remarkable transformation process in the recent term and its success in fight against global economic crisis had been praised during the summit.

Pointing to the speech he delivered at the summit, Erdogan said he had informed the participants on Turkey's reform process, as well as the strategies it followed while struggling with the global crisis.

Commenting on his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the summit, Erdogan said he had held comprehensive and fruitful talks with Obama and his delegation, during which bilateral relations, as well as regional and global issues had been discussed.

Erdogan said that cooperation on the fight against terrorism, Iran's nuclear activities, Israeli raid to Gaza-bound aid ships, and developments in Afghanistan and Palestine had been on the agenda of the talks and Turkey's sensitivity on such matters had been expressed.

The Turkish premier said that he also had had the opportunity to hold a series of talks with the new British prime minister, Russian president, German chancellor, Italian prime minister and Spanish prime minister as part of the G-20 summit.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Temmuz 2010, 12:34


Shariff Zainab
Shariff Zainab - 12 yıl Önce

If we have more 'Recep Tayyip Erdogan' in this world, what would a life be for all humankind...a life full of sincerity, full of intergrity, equallity
love/respect each other....
May ALLAH SWT blessed him & others, who are in HIS PATH.

Hameed From Indian
Hameed From Indian - 12 yıl Önce

May Allah strengthen Mr.Erdogan,Mr.Davtogulu and the Islamic scholars of Turkey.
Turkey - We are proud of you.