Turkey needs a change in foreign policy: CHP head
“We need to act national in foreign policy. The priority is Turkey’s interest. Both the government and the opposition party should advocate this,” Kılıçdaroğlu said in his speech at CHP’s parliamentary group in capital Ankara.”
“Peace at home, peace abroad. [Modern Turkey’s founder] Mustafa Kemal [Atatürk] is saying this. Yet this has become an international discourse, a common saying of all international establishments. Turkey’s main goal is to get along with all her neighbors,” he added.
The first thing Atatürk did when he established the republic was signing peace treaties with neighbors, Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“Relations with neighbors are very important,” he added.
The party leader recalled Turkey’s peace operation in Cyprus, in 1974, which resulted in the establishment of Turkish Cyprus, saying the operation went “unscathed."
“The policy in Cyprus needs to change. A new move needs to be made. If not, we will face bigger problems in the future,” he underlined.
Turkey is losing something different with every coming day, he said.
“Turkey is being isolated in the international area,” he said.
“Syria is our neighbor. The fire in there will spread to us. People are dying as the West’s hegemon powers provide arms,” he said.
Kılıçdaroğlu also conveyed his condolences over the death of Egypt’s first elected leader Mohamad Morsi, saying despite his political differences with Morsi, he opposed the military coup that toppled the Egyptian president.
“He lost his life in a courtroom. One would wish that for him to be buried worthily of a president. It is unacceptable that he was buried in secret and only with a ceremony his family attended,” he said.