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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Ahead of last week’s vote for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Turkish envoys in African and Asian capitals were telling me how Turkey continued to be popular in the countries where they were on duty.
Turkey says, openly or by implication, the following about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): ISIL is certainly a threat to the world and to Turkey.
It seems that everyone (with the exception of Turkey) is ringing the alarm bells on the possible consequences of Kobane falling into the hands of ISIL
“We want to convey our deep concern to Turkey. This is an alarming situation. Inaction over Kobane could be costly for Turkey’s image,” a high-level French official told a small group of journalists yesterday.
Screening the news on Turkey, both domestic and foreign; one would get the impression that the country is in real trouble
Some want us to make a choice between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said the other day, adding both are the same in the eyes of Turkey.
From the very beginning, Turkey has had a very problematic relationship with climate change talks.
The World Economic Forum’s special meeting in Istanbul was attended at the highest level by the government.
'With Qatar slowly backing down, Turkey will be left alone in its ambivalent stance about joining the international efforts to fight ISIL,' a European diplomat said
“Is Turkey becoming like the ‘old Turkey’?” a European ambassador asked me recently.
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