POLITICS > Deputy PM criticizes Kerry's remarks on Erdoğan's Gaza visit


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Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç. AA Photo

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç. AA Photo

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç criticized today U.S. State Secretary John Kerry’s recent comments on a planned visit to Gaza by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“His comments that ‘we do not want the prime minister to go in May’ are not right in a diplomatic sense,” Arınç told a press conference. “A foreign minister should not express, and should not have expressed, their opinion regarding a planned visit by the Turkish prime minister. An experienced foreign minister would definitely not have made such remarks.”

Kerry told reporters in Istanbul on April 21 that he believed that “it would be more helpful [for Erdogan] to wait for the right circumstance .... We’re trying to get off the ground, and we would like to see the parties with as little outside distraction as possible.”

Peace process

Meanwhile, the deputy prime minister also thanked the wise people commissions in the name of the Turkish nation, saying that he had been informed about protests organized against commission members conducting official visits to the different regions.
"The [wise people] should be appreciated," Arınç said. "Criticism and questions are normal, the abnormal thing is protesting them by holding flags and talking without thinking."
When asked about the statement by the Turkish Armed Forces saying that "the fight against terrorism is continuing," Arınç said the peace process and fighting against terrorism were two different things.
"The peace process continues and fighting against terrorism continues, too. Everyone is on duty," he said.


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anton supertramp

4/23/2013 7:29:48 PM

@Thessalonian what do you mean they dont expect him to postpone the visit? as you said they have already asked for it which means they expect, anyway im not nationalist not even close, what would you feeel if erdoğan said obama should not go israel again? wouldnt it be out of line or would it be considered as politely asking? ;) the issue here is about diplomatic language and manners, i dont support this visit as well its just a show but thats another issue, regards :)


4/23/2013 3:57:43 PM

@anton supertramp. The US did not demand or expect that Mr. Erdogan postpones his visit to Gaza. They have politely asked and or suggested so. The proud nationalist Turks who interpret this as an order, an expectation and or a demand are sidestepping the real issue. Mr. Erdogan's timing, MM aniversary, is indeed sensationalist and as I previously stated it will do not favours to Turkey's relationship with Israel and or the US. All this bravado is meant to appease your nationalist voters. Regards


4/23/2013 1:17:55 PM

US speaks on a daily basis with some very unsavory characters including various Israeli politicians who are afraid to step into certain civilized nations in fear of prosecution. Such a trip would be to Gaza not to a faction. Certainly would not be first of its kind. This PM event talked with PKK for peace. Kerry should not have put Turks on the spot like that which was indeed undiplomatic, but Arinc is the last person to open his mouth on such matters.

american american

4/23/2013 12:59:58 PM

he had better have stern words for his eu minister

anton supertramp

4/23/2013 12:26:09 PM

@Thessalonian, Dont you really think he is a bit out of line honestly a foreign minister of a country publicly states that turkish pm should not go gaza? first if this was between them two thre wouldnt be any problem but what do you think turkish publics opinion will be now? it seems like kerry gives orders to erdoğan, this is not diplomatic behaviour rather a pressure executed in wrong place and manners,

sam stevens

4/23/2013 11:30:05 AM

I wonder if Turkish politicians will ever be mature enough to take an opposing view on the chin ?

david ellison

4/23/2013 2:29:36 AM

Does this Turkish Government not realize that if you embrace radicals of hatred such as Hamas, you have to live with the consequences. Civil societies only want to isolate you from the rational world. We in Boston see the "open arm" policies of friendly governments such as Turkey

Faruk Timuroglu

4/22/2013 11:00:08 PM

Mr. Arınç hammers together the plot in which he is very crafty. What Secretary Kerry had done was a clear intrusion in Turkish political affairs. If RTE did not accept his demand to postpone Gaza visit, what was his purpose to elaborate it before press cameras? This clearly shows that the show was a hoax, a sham. Whenever RTE seeks voters’ approval, an incident such as “One minute”, “e- Memorandum” or Kerry’s press conference happens. I hope people fed up and won’t by it this time.


4/22/2013 10:24:31 PM

Mr. Kerry is not undiplomatic and or out of line in pointing out that Mr. Erdogan's sensational visit to Gaza along with his anorthodox endorsement of terrorist Hamas is going to be unproductive and or at a time and context where it will do more harm rather than good to the peace process as well as all involved. This includes Turkey's fragile relationship with Israel and possibly with the US. One doesn't have to be exceptionally perceptive to understand this as it is rather tacit... Regards

Graeme Beavis

4/22/2013 10:17:43 PM

A pity Erdogan is too gutless to make his own comments
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