World Bulletin / News Desk
Melih Gokcek, the mayor of Turkey’s capital Ankara, has accused the US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, of trying to stir tensions in the country.
He also said that he had phoned Ricciardone to answer allegations that he had said Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which has won three democratic elections since 2003, was going to fall.
Claiming that the US neo-cons were behind many rebellions including those in Georgia, Egypt, Serbia, Afghanistan and currently in Ukraine, Gokcek said that they had also tried to do the same to Turkey in last year’s Gezi Park riots but failed to pull it off.
Gokcek said that he had confronted Ricciardone about comments he reportedly made in November-December about the political situation in Turkey, in which he told a group of delegates that they were about to see the ‘fall of an empire.’
He said that he had invited Ricciardone to say that the comments were fabricated, but Ricciardone refused to deny he had said it.
Saying that this was a clear indication that there was an international plot to redesign the political spectrum of Turkey, Gokcek said that the neo-cons were determined to first rid the country of Prime Minister Recep Tappiy Erdogan and then the AK Party.Last Mod: 31 Ocak 2014, 14:24