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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Miscalculating the capabilities, resources or probable course of action of their opponents can pose serious difficulties for a political leader
It is not conducive to the peacemaking process to let illusions – regardless of how wide they might be subscribed to – replace realities.
Bouncing back from the verge of total collapse, the “Kurdish opening” is apparently getting equipped with new gear: direct talks with Abdullah Öcalan, the separatist chieftain serving an enforced life term at the İmralı Island prison.
Some people might have difficulty in counting passing years. Forty years have passed since the 1974 Turkish operation in Cyprus after an Athens-engineered coup by Greek Cypriots.
If in any country a political party incites people to take to the streets and “take action” and if the people who took to the streets attack some other “nasty people” violently and in those attacks in 34 provinces, 48 people are blatantly murdered, there must be some consequences.
Palliative remedies to chronic problems cannot produce lasting or efficient cures to the ailment.
The leaders of Greece and the Greek Cypriots came together on Nov. 8 in Cairo with Egypt’s strong man Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for a tripartite summit
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, with his almond mustache and typical Pinocchio smile on his face was boasting at an Ankara meeting how under his government, Turkey will be steered to a prosperous centennial of the republic and beyond.
It was Turkey’s Piri Reis seismic ship which was, until recent times, reasserting the country’s partnership with Turkish Cyprus over sovereignty and natural resources on and off Cyprus.
It was good that the Interior Ministry’s press section issued a statement and corrected a statement attributed to Interior Minister Efkan Ala that the Turkish state has lost control of the southeastern parts of the country to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) gang.
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