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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his policy on Syria saying Turkey had to embrace the victims of the Assad regime’s aggression.
Erdogan in his address to AK Party deputies gave the example of Saddam Hussain's attacks on Iraqi Kurds in 1980s. "If we had not embraced our Kurdish brothers escaping from Halabja massacre, how could we've looked at Irbil now-" said Erdogan replying to the criticisms against the government's Syria policy.
Stating that the Syria policy rested on two axis, Erdogan said, "First, we want peace in the region for Turkey's own peace and safety. Turkey has paid the price of being indifferent to Palestine, and other Arab countries in the past. It paid the price of past mistakes which cost lives because of terror. In this difficult geography, the solution never comes with closing the doors or building walls. Such an isolated state can never be a great state. It can't have economic growth, raise its welfare, and will not have reputation. Turkey for long years turned its back on its brothers and made no headway, damaged its reputation."
Erdogan stressed that the second axis of the policy towards Syria was humanitarian. Emphasizing that AK Party government sided with the oppressed, not the oppressor, Erdogan said that during the bloody events in Syria for more than two years, they had been continuing to work for the stepping-down of the "oppressor" Assad regime.
"If Turkey remained indifferent to massacres in Bosnia Herzegovina, could it look at Sarajevo again- If we had not embraced our Kurdish brothers escaping from Halabja massacre, how could we've looked at Irbil-" said Erdogan.
New era with IMF
Touchig upon Turkey's paying off its debt to International Monetary Fund (IMF)on Tuesday, Erdogan said it was a "historic" but a "heavy hearted" day because of the May 11 Reyhanli blasts.
After briefing the deputies on his two-day official visit to the United States, Erdogan said "Reyhanli will recover soon. After returning from the US, the first thing I would do is going to Reyhanli and other districts closeby in Hatay."Last Mod: 14 Mayıs 2013, 14:45