Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Wednesday that it is a big mistake for democratic countries to use their parliaments in the Armenian issue.
Talking at a private meeting in İstanbul, Villepin said that the Armenian issue is “the work of historians” and “you cannot rewrite the history through law.”
Referring to the important role that Turkish President Abdullah Gül played in the rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia, Villepin said that delicate and difficult issues such as the Armenian problem requires good will and imagination in the solution process that takes time.
“The less countries are involved, the better it is” added the veteran French politician as far as the Armenian issue is concerned between the two countries.
EU should have strategic relations with Turkey and Russia
Evaluating the current status of the European Union in a broad spectrum, Villepin said that given the internal crises that the EU face, it “should have special strategic relations with countries outside of Europe” such as Turkey and Russia which grow as emerging markets. According to him, with its population of 450 million people, the EU does not constitute a “market in a global scale.”
Dividing Europe and its problems into three, Villepin said that the Northern Europe is convinced in a strong Europe while Eastern Europe is currently concerned with the challenges of nationalism and populism in addition to the economic difficulties that all Europe is suffering from.
Villepin defines the UK as the third part of Europe which is going to a referendum which will also force problems in the continent.
“The EU today is not united” commented Villepin who described Islamophobia as a growing problem in the continent. People are fearful about their future in terms of their economic well-being for Villepin which makes the continent more introverted. “France is too much looking at its own problems” pointed out Villepin.
Calling Turkey as “one of the leading emerging countries” Villepin said that the EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the EU. “This is a reality” noted Villepin as he went on to say that they have “a strong interest in developing cooperation with Turkey.”
Stating the Kurdish, Armenian and European problems are the main challenges in front of Turkey, the former French Prime Minister who also served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Turkey’s relations with the EU is also dependent on “how much Turkey as a state wants to have harmonized relations with the EU.”
There should be no preconditions in negotiations with Syria
Responding to Today’s Zaman’s question on the indifference of the EU in the Syrian crisis, Villepin said that one of the reasons why the international community is not willing is because “nobody knows what is best for Syria.”
According to Villepin, the international community is not convinced about any intervention giving the negative consequences of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that he is not sure whether the intervention in Libya was a success or not.
The support of countries like Russia and China for Assad regime as another obstacle in front of the involvement of the international community, Villepin stated that Russia’s position should be taken into account.
“We should not put any preconditions for negotiations” with the regime in Syria said Villepin as he criticized the “red lines” that certain countries mentioned such as the removal of Assad from power. According to Villepin, an opportunity for negotiations in Syria was missed in the very beginning and now what must be in the agenda is stopping the war.
The West should not try to give Iran a lesson
“We signed the only agreement with Iran” said Villepin while commenting on the Iranian nuclear issue as a politician who participated in the negotiations with this country. Praising Turkey’s position in the issue, Villepin said that the P5+1 made a mistake by not taking Turkey’s proposal into account in the Iranian nuclear issue.
According to Villepin, it is possible to solve the Iranian problem if the interests of all parties are taken into account.
“The West wants to give Iran a lesson” state Villepin who believes that instead of giving a lesson to Iran, the West should put something on the table that it attractive enough for Iran to change the situation.
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