Turkey's FM urges Isreal to give account for deadly raid

Davutoglu said Turkey set its own position, and other countries could not impose policies they favor, on Turkey.

Turkey's FM urges Isreal to give account for deadly raid

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey set its own position, and other countries could not impose policies they favor, on Turkey.

At an exclusive interview with the monthly magazine of Turkey's influential businessmen association, TUSIAD, Davutoglu commented on recent allegations appearing in national and international media, suggesting Turkey's axis was shifting from the West to the East.

Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu said current dynamic nature of global politics dictated countries to adopt a position of their own, which could be considered as the very axis of those countries.

Under the current state of global politis --as opposed to the bipolar structure of the cold war era where the super powers set the axis and other countries aligned themselves with it-- Turkey had to have a voice of its own in global issues, majority of which directly affected Turkey, said Davutoglu.

Davutoglu said Turkey was capable of setting its own unique position, adding that only after doing so it could sit down with its allies to develop a common position.

Davutoglu argued that if Turkey had not got involved in the national reconciliation efforts of ethnic groups in Iraq in 2005 --an issue, the allies strongly opposed at the time-- Turkey would not have become the most favoured country of Sunni Arabs in terms of engagement in dialogue.

The Turkish Foreign Minister said what made Turkey unique was its capability to intervene in regional and global issues, a quality bestowed to it by its rich historical experience.

"Right at the very moment we begin to use our capability to intervene and set a position, the shift of axis discussions begin, and we are told not to be active, get involved or intervene and do as we are told," said Davutoglu.

"Problem-producer"

Commenting on the state of Turkey-Israeli relations strained over the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla which left 9 Turks dead, Davutoglu said Israel had the image of a country which constantly produced problems in the region.

Davutoglu said Turkey was ready to support if Israel started negotiations both with Syrian and Palestinians just as in 2008 noting however that his country did not want Israel to destabilise the region.

In the conclusion of his interview, Davutoglu urged Israel to give account for the deadly raid on Mavi Marmara and killing of its citizens and lift the blockade over Gaza.


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