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Turkey would become more powerful if PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan were set free, says BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş. DAILY NEWS photo

Turkey would become more powerful if PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan were set free, says BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş. DAILY NEWS photo

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said he is against the shedding of Turkish soldiers’ blood in Arabian deserts, while harshly criticizing the government’s foreign policy by calling Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu an "idiot."

“We don’t want war. We don’t want our sons’ blood to be shed in Arabian deserts. [...] We have marked a historic event by saying ‘no’ to the motion [authorizing the military for cross-border operations]. The CHP has become the hope of all mothers and fathers. We will not disappoint them,” Kılıçdaroğlu said at his party’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday.

Kılıçdaroğlu said that Turkey has been left alone regarding Syria, claiming that only Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Hamas supports Turkey while Iran, Russia, China, Brazil and India oppose Turkey’s foreign policy on Syria.

“How can we describe the policy that put Turkey into this situation? Is this ‘strategic depth,’ or strategic blindness? The process that resulted in Turkey’s becoming part of such a meaningless balance comes from a foreign minister whose incompetence is known by the entire world. You don’t need deep knowledge to know that. You have to be a real idiot to do that,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
 
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strongly refuted yesterday Kılıçdaroğlu’s argument that the government was approaching the Syrian crisis “within a sectarian framework.”
 
“I want to remind this to Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu: the issue of sect has never been influential in outlining Turkish foreign policy. Most of those who fell from power along the period dubbed ‘Arab Spring’ are Sunni,” Erdoğan said.

“We haven’t supported oppressors and dictators because they are Sunni. Both a dictator and an oppressor may come out of a Sunni. Wherever they come from, we are against all of them,” Erdoğan added.
 
The prime minister was responding to Kılıçdaroğlu’s remarks during an interview with CNNTürk late on Oct. 8 when he accused Davutoğlu of favoring Sunnis in Syria’s crisis in relation to his recent suggestion that Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara would be an acceptable official to replace President Bashar al-Assad.

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, for his part, argued that the Turkish government’s main unease concerning Syria stems from the formation of an autonomous Kurdish region there.

Recalling that Oct. 9 is the 14th anniversary of the expulsion of Abdullah Öcalan, imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), from Syria, Demirtaş said: “The Chief of the General Staff had appeared in Hatay 14 years ago as it happened yesterday. Turkey surrendered to international powers in exchange for Öcalan’s expulsion. Turkey has been the losing party. Kurdish identity was denied in Syria 14 years ago, but today there’s a Kurdish region. Who has won and who has lost?”

“Turkey would become more powerful both inside and within its region if Öcalan were set free. That’s why Öcalan should be freed,” Demirtaş added.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli also criticized the government’s foreign policy, claiming that the “zero problems with neighbors" policy had led to “zero peace, zero friends and zero interests.”

October/10/2012

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mara mcglothin

10/10/2012 4:34:02 PM

I all for less of anyone's blood being shed in the desert! BUT Turks are always talking about "their" brothers, so if there is going to be blood shed shouldn't it be yours, instead of the boys from America. Where was Turkey when Sadaam decided to invade Kuwait? Ocalan should never see the light of day and no one should be allowed to see him or correspond with him. He was allowed to live and his life was spared and that should clearly be enough. He should not be a factor at all.

Recep Ozel

10/10/2012 12:34:17 PM

CHP have spoken out against releasing Öcalan and no sane Turk would support that move. If AKP does bend to the demands of the BDP to release him, it will be the icing on the cake for the PKK and Barzani. A disaster and civil war would await. AKP please do not release him, and please focus on destroying the PKK instead of Syria!

Nageyec Conduz

10/10/2012 11:32:40 AM

I never believed the clowning technology until I read this article. To start with, I always knew the close political affinity between the CHP and the BDP, but never imagined that their leaders are one and the same. Looking at the photo of the article, if I am not wrong, it is authentically showing Mr Dimirtas. Yet the title is proudly showing Mr Kiligdroglu's name.

Deniz Konuralp

10/10/2012 10:48:30 AM

blood shed in "desserts" ?.. Seriously, please can someone edit these articles.

Benjamin Freedman

10/10/2012 8:38:14 AM

Why would Turkey be a proxy for Israel-Saudi (axis-of-evil) alliance and rushing in for an unwarranted war with its neighbors especially Syria and Iraq? We already have had enough wars in that volatile region! It’s not war that Turkey should be pursuing, instead peace that should be advocate (rather than superficial rhetoric) for an actively negotiated settlement using its political clout in that region. Use your wisdom Turkey!

Murat

10/10/2012 12:40:21 AM

Who is sending them to deserts and mountain tops to be killed? This guy is the reason for violence and death. Shameful.
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