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HDN | 2/24/2005 12:00:00 AM |

The state of Turkish- U.S. relations are still making the headlines in the columns of the Turkish press. Columnists also featured issues relating to U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Europe and an amnesty bill concerning the university students expelled from their schools after 2000. ‘Menacing friend' Without going into the details of why and how Turkish-U.S. relations have become strained, Radikal's Mehmet Ali Kışlalı elaborated on the U.S. policy towards the governments of countries in Turkey's neighboring region. Tracing U.S. policy from books written by prominent politicians and bureaucrats in the United States, Kışlalı said, “Those books explain how the United States gets

The state of Turkish- U.S. relations are still making the headlines in the columns of the Turkish press. Columnists also featured issues relating to U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Europe and an amnesty bill concerning the university students expelled from their schools after 2000.

‘Menacing friend'

Without going into the details of why and how Turkish-U.S. relations have become strained, Radikal's Mehmet Ali Kışlalı elaborated on the U.S. policy towards the governments of countries in Turkey's neighboring region.

Tracing U.S. policy from books written by prominent politicians and bureaucrats in the United States, Kışlalı said, “Those books explain how the United States gets pro-U.S. people elected to top positions in governments in Middle Eastern countries and how they are then supported by the United States.”

Quoting from such books, Kışlalı gives former president Süleyman Demirel as an example of those leaders and says, “Even after the days of our intervention in northern Cyprus when the United Stats launched an arms embargo against Turkey and Demirel was the prime minister, I don't recall the United States using as harsh tones against Turkey as we are hearing today.”

Harking back to the earlier days of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, Kışlalı said, “We came to these days of strained relations from the days when President Bush first recognized Erdoğan and supported him even before he was elected deputy.”

In conclusion Kışlalı said the United States was still only employing soft tactics in its warnings to Turkey. “The warnings come not from the presidential or ministerial level but from vice ministers and undersecretaries,” he said.

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