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Güneş announces that it will submit a
fresh censure against Davutoğlu.

Güneş announces that it will submit a fresh censure against Davutoğlu.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has announced that it will submit a fresh censure motion against Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu over his policy implementations, which they say put the country’s security at risk. 

“This is the first time that Turkey has ever been accused of supplying arms [to the opposition] of a neighboring country, and of training them in its territory. Turkey’s foreign policy is turning into a disgrace,” Hurşit Güneş, CHP deputy leader told reporters yesterday, referring to Turkey’s current Syria policy. 

Güneş said his party would submit a censure motion against Davutoğlu upon party head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s instruction when Parliament reopens on Oct. 1. Previous CHP attempts against Davutoğlu at Parliament have been blocked by the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) majority. 

Meanwhile, speaking in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas, Kılıçdaroğlu targeted the government’s foreign policy, claiming that Turkey’s credibility in the Middle East had totally diminished. “We are at loggerheads with Syria, Iran and Iraq. Can anyone say why this is so? We are at loggerheads both inside and outside Turkey. Are we going to remain silent on the situation of the foreign minister at the United Nations?” Kılıçdaroğlu said. 

“He goes there and cries. He reproaches because he doesn’t get enough support there. He presented this picture of loneliness and he also made Turkey isolated,” he added.

Kılıçdaroğlu was referring to last week’s ministerial level meeting at the U.N. Security Council, where the growing Syrian refugee problem was discussed in depth. But the absence of the ministers of key member countries, such as Hillary Clinton, caused disappointment in Ankara, with Davutoğlu openly criticizing those who were absent there. 

“There is a serious power vacuum in this country. The government fails to give confidence inside and outside Turkey. The isolation of the foreign minister at the U.N. caused concerns for us, too,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding that the unrealistic ambitions of Davutoğlu had done damage to traditional foreign policy. 

The CHP head also criticized the government for asking for the leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani’s help in ending the terror problem. “Nobody is listening to Turkey. What we are doing now? We are applying to Barzani to end terror. This is where Turkey has come to,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

September/05/2012

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