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CHP submits censure motion against Davutoğlu
CHP submits censure motion against Davutoğlu

The Republican People's Party (CHP) submitted a censure motion against Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu about his foreign policy.

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Republican People's Party (CHP) has formally submitted a censure motion against Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, accusing him of conducting a dangerous and risky foreign policy, while, at the same time hiding numerous facts from the Turkish public.

According to the Anatolia news agency, in the preamble of the censure motion, it was noted that a delegation of CHP members and deputies, after receiving permission on Aug. 25 from the Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) to visit the camp sites where Syrians were temporarily being accommodated in the Hatay province, wanted to visit one of the camps but was denied entry.

Referring to the refusal which the delegation received in their first attempt, it was said in the motion that the Turkish authorities had defended the ban, saying that defected Syrian army officers were staying with their families in the camp which the delegation had wanted to visit.

Attention was also drawn to the fact that some claims which were formerly made about Turkish foreign policy turned out to be true. It was claimed that the particular camp served as the headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which aims to overthrow the Syrian regime and were carrying out, to this end, massacres from time to time. The commanders of the FSA were claimed to have been accommodated in this camp.

“The names of the commanders of the FSA are enumerated in publications and some foreign journalists, by infiltrating the camp, managed to conduct interviews with the commanders of the FSA. That even deputies are denied entry into a camp where former Syrian army officers, who are now civilians, were said to be living with their families proves that the claims are correct,” it was noted in the motion.

The CHP also maintained that the fact that foreigners in military uniform were freely wandering around in Hatay, that stories of these people were published in the foreign press and that the border gates between Turkey and Syria were left uncontrolled were proof enough that Turkey was clearly supporting an armed struggle in Syria. Liberated areas formed by armed groups within Syria disrupt the integrity of the Syrian territory while at the same time putting Turkey's national integrity and security in danger, the motion claimed.

Turkey's foreign policy towards Armenia was another reason for the submission of the censure motion against Davutoğlu. Some protocols had been signed with Armenia but on account of insufficient preliminary work, troubles in Turkey's relations with Azerbaijan erupted and the protocols did not go into effect, it was noted in the motion.

The last item in the censure motion was with regards to the disruption of relations with Israel. Following the killing of nine Turkish citizens by Israeli soldiers on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla, diplomatic and military relations with Israel have come to a standstill and Turkey has lost the capacity for communicating with all parties in the Arab-Israeli conflict, it was stated.

The CHP also claimed that Turkey, while laying down, in a loud tone, some conditions for the improvement of relations with Israel, has given in to other demands, as was in the case of an early warning radar which was set up in the province of Malatya, that would put its own national security at risk for the sake of Israel's defense needs.

The risky foreign policy, seeking a sphere of influence in the Middle East while moving away from the EU, has finally come to a stage where Turkey's national security itself is under threat, it was noted in the motion.


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Press agenda on February 19
Press agenda on February 19

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