POLITICS > Idea of Shanghai membership inconsistent, says main opposition party leader

CASCAIS, Portugal – Anatolia News Agency

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. AA photo

Main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. AA photo

The Turkish government’s suggestion that it could consider joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a contradictory and bad idea, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.

“The proposal to become a member of the SCO is inconsistent and incorrect. We turned our direction to the West, not to the East,” the CHP leader said Feb. 4 in Portugal where he is attending a meeting of the Socialist International.

“This is not something new, since 1071 our goal is [to head] toward the West. We don’t mean geography in saying the West but modernity and civilization,” Kılıçdaroğlu said. 1071 marks the year a Muslim Turkic army first entered Anatolia by defeating a Byzantine army at the Battle of Manzikert in eastern Anatolia.

Referring to the European Union, the main opposition leader said: “We see the EU as a modernization project. Every government, independent from its views and the era which they govern, supports this project.” He also criticized the bloc over its reluctance to embrace Turkey during the negotiation process.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raised the issue Jan. 25 of possible membership in the SCO, considering it an alternative to the EU at a time when hopes of eventual membership in the bloc are diminishing amid hostility from a number of the union’s members toward Turkey’s accession.


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mike alexander

2/5/2013 5:45:04 PM

It is obvious that this kind of politics will cost Turkey when the West and NATO will have to choose a side and support a party in the E. MED. where the oil and gas is and Turkey threatens that will start drilling in somebody elses' backyard ! It will be very interesting, very soon, if Turkey dares to realize her threats this time !

Blue Dotterel

2/5/2013 1:55:37 PM

Don't know what all the fuss is about. The SCO isn't going to admit a NATO member given NATO's hostility towards Russia and China. So, unless Turkey is planning to leave NATO, there is really nothing to talk about.

Nageyec Conduz

2/5/2013 12:20:41 PM

He is the one that is inconsistent more often. I thought the guy was so hilarious in being in Shanghai in week or so ago, and he is now unhappy about the government's proposed cooperation with China. Typical, walking in all directions like a crab and going no where.
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