World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has praised a democratization package that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled Monday and said that this package will greatly affect Turkey’s prestige at the international level.
Speaking to journalist at Geneva, Switzerland, Davutoglu stated that power and prestige of a state is not measured by army or economic level one country has, but human rights and democratic level also increases soft power of a state.
"The package that the prime minister has just announced will affect Turkey’s prestige at the world. This package shows how much Turkey has progress on democratic standards," Davutoglu said.
The Turkish FM also said that the package was unveiled before Turkish parliament opening and the publication of the European Union’s progress report on Turkey, adding that it would attract great attention at both domestic and international level.
Turkish FM Davutoglu has participated in the 64th Executive Committee Meeting of the UNHCR in Geneva titled "Solidarity and Burden Sharing with the countries hosting Syrian refugees."
He commented that there was a great human tragedy in Syria, where civil war has raged the country, displaced around 6 million people and left more than 100,000 deaths.
He slammed international society for remaining inactive in the face of Syrian tragedy and criticized the UN mechanism for being too slow.
He noted the UN Security Council's Syrian resolution that aimed to place the Syrian regime chemical stockpile under the international control did not make any reference to human tragedy although Turkey has put great effort in that respect.
On the sidelines of the UN meeting, Davutoglu said he met with Valeri Amos, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, the US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, and Qatari FM Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah.Last Mod: 30 Eylül 2013, 23:11