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 Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. AA Photo

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. AA Photo

Turkey has voiced concern over spread of the clashes in northern Mali to the south of the country, while highlighting the importance it attaches to the territorial integrity of the country.

“We would like to once more underline the importance that Turkey attaches to Mali’s territorial integrity,” the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement released late Jan. 17, adding that Ankara was closely following developments in Mali.

Turkey pledged to continue supporting international efforts for the building of national reconciliation and a democratic environment through free elections.

Furthermore, it urged for rapid implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2085, which dealt with the situation in Mali and lent support to decisions made by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

With resolution 2085, adopted in December last year, the Council authorized the deployment of an international military force, the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), for an initial period of one year.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu held a telephone conversation with the secretary-general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, on Jan. 17, to discuss possible initiatives that could be taken for Mali by the organization.

January/18/2013

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cezer "çapulcu" skonore

1/20/2013 3:04:50 AM

BLUE: I'm not a big fond of the AKP and what it stands for. But, just to be fair, I remember that the AKP supported the secular muslim brotherhood candidate (I forgot his name) in Egypt, not Morsi. Also, AKP supports the secular in Somalia, Afghanistan. I think that the Syria policy of AKP is not logical and not based on a thorough analysis of the situation. AKP's support of bad elements in Syrian conflict is not intentional, but is a result of their careless handling of the situation.

Blue Dotterel

1/19/2013 5:57:55 PM

Really, I would have expected the Turkish government to condemn the American trained junta leader in Mali as a dictator, and called for his overthrow. Oh sorry, the AKP supports the fundamentalist fanatics in Syria attacking the secular Assad because he is a "dictator", not the fundamentalist fanatics in Mali attacking an America trained dictator.

Hakan Salci

1/18/2013 8:00:42 PM

Part 2 - Coincidentally BBC News ran a piece on these jihadists yesterday; they are deemed as being the most feared rebel islamist groups in Syria and have been accused of all kinds of human right violations, including executions, torture etc. In an interview they said they would not accept anything other than Sharia Law. These are the groups the AKP are supporting; Syria has turned into another Bosnia all thanks to the West and Turkey in particular. AKP be proud of the misery you have caused.

Stephen Brunette

1/18/2013 7:53:20 PM

The goverment of Mali, although a muslim majority country, doesn't care a hill of beans about what the Turkish goverment thinks or says, as it is the Africian countries, and especially France, along with the help of the UK, US and Canada and other European nations actually helping Mali.

Hakan Salci

1/18/2013 7:51:50 PM

Part 1 - @ Vargen, spot on; couldn't have said it better myself. Turkish Foreign policy, in fact almost all AKP policy, is nothing but tragicomic at best. Hypocrisy, as you have highlighted in the FM's words, is an occurring theme in our beloved government. If you read yesterdays HDN headlines you would have seen our officials making the case for Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syria, an Al-Qeada affiliated group, not to be considered as a terrorist group by the U.S.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

1/18/2013 5:53:12 PM

There are "usual global minglers" like US, UK and France. Almost always, they make the problems worst when they mingle. But, over the years, they have developed a coping mechanism with the "mingling failure", which is building more cemeteries and rehabilitation centers.

af fay

1/18/2013 4:35:54 PM

@Vargen Vargen well done spot on. if a wise one with some logic, ponders a little, then easily finds out that most of the politicians are only puppets of global powers because you can see many conflitcs in actions and decisions of UN, NATO and same sort of institutions and so likewise in decisions and actions of political leaders. but did anybody at all think about whom all politicians and international institutions serve for?

Turk Uzan

1/18/2013 4:07:10 PM

@ Vargen, you are very wrong, No one in Turkey except maybe the BDP wishes to see Syria lose any part of it's country. Obviously you don't know the definition of territorial integrity. or interfering (I think you mean intervening) which is btw impossible .. since guess what? You can not intervene or interfere in some ones "territorial integrity". Davut oglu s voicing concern over the possible split of Mali because of the rebels and that it should be prevented, same goes for Syria

mara mcglothin

1/18/2013 3:51:34 PM

PRISONER Since everything this man touches turns to dodo, now he can be proud that he caused a deepening of the problem. Spot on once again VARGEN VARGEN MUZAFFER Just like Turkey is now recreating the wheel in Somalia? Like many people haven't tried to help these people in the past to no avail.

JRC JRC

1/18/2013 3:29:14 PM

@Muzaffer Karasulu. Turkey was not blind to the problems in Sudan, in fact it invited Omar al-Bashir to Turkey and gave him a reception. You know, the Omar al-Bashir charged with genocide and war crimes.....before being welcomed in Turkey. But this is a non-story anyway, the AKP have managed to make sure no one really cares what they think, as they managed to side-line themselves through their non-policies.
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