POLITICS > Turkey is now in trouble on Syria, says CHP leader

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Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu recently criticized the government's stance on Syria, saying Turkey is now "a country in trouble."

"We do not want our people to pay the price for Western interests," Kılıçdaroğlu said. "We do not want Turkey to be dragged into the swamp."

"In summary, we do not want war," he added.

Kılıçdaroğlu likened the AKP's stance to "shooting someone else's bird with someone else's gun."

 "This is the powerful treating you like a property entitlement official in the process of redesigning Syria after it breaks apart," Kılıçdaroğlu said.

"We were supposed to be the game-maker in the area, we ended up being played. We tried to warn them on the consequences of sectarian fighting in Syria, we were expelled for doing so."

"I wonder if the AKP is now thinking of gathering their thoughts?" Kılıçdaroğlu said. "Turkey does not deserve to be a proxy country."


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mara mcglothin

7/30/2012 5:49:41 PM

I tmust be so nice to always be able to blame your troubles on the good ol' US of A! That must be a wonderful safety net for Turkey. The AKP always talks big and would love to become a "World Power" BUT it is not easy being in the news. You can always find someone who doesn't like what you are doing. Everyone should stay out of this. Kemal Bey is just enjoying listening to his own volice. I would ask him what exactly he suggests?

stella maris

7/29/2012 1:14:32 PM

Correction: Sorry, "....the cultural demands of the Kurds..."it should read!

stella maris

7/29/2012 11:41:21 AM

Turkey brought this about herself not complying enough to the cultural demands of the Turks. The following you can read at Egypt Independent: "The YPG also ensures that no Free Syrian Army forces enter their territory. The Kurds do not want to be dragged into the bloody conflict between it and the Syrian army — they fear an Islamist government will replace the secular regime, and that Turkey will expand its influence in Syria, once again choking off the hope for greater Kurdish autonomy." Top on

Stephen Brunette

7/29/2012 8:38:56 AM

The CHP leader is looking foolish on this situation. I am by no means an AKP supporter, but morally they are doing the right policy. Sometimes you just can't turn a blind eye to your neighbour, especially when they are committing genocide. The AKP is totally wrong to support the war criminal from Sudan, but on Syria, right on trying to undermine Assad, a homicidal monster.

sid solo

7/29/2012 8:23:53 AM

The AKP government was so eager to play a great role, that it has manoeuvred itself and the nation into a position from which no return is in sight. This is surely not a position on the right side of history. It is not on the side of the Syrian people. Turkey is aiding openly a rag-tag army and is endangering thereby the peace in the region and most importantly the peace of its own people. Ataturk's "Speach to the Youth" should be remembered; but those who would remember are all in prison!

ilker avni

7/29/2012 5:46:54 AM

Turkeys main problem is the Kurdish issue,the creation of a kurdish state is the main Turkish problem,the Americans are in favour of a Kurdish state.Bush wanted a Kurdish state and so does |Obama it seems,Barzani met Obama a few months ago,Barzani has played Erdogan and to do this he must have had the backing of Obama.Barzani is taking the opportunity to cut his slice of Syria for his Kurdish state.Turkeys worse nightmare is about to come true.The pkk is nothing compared to the pershmerger.

Blue Dotterel

7/29/2012 12:55:37 AM

Turkey has been playing the US's game. The US has been using Turkey, Saudi, and Qatar to indirectly finance and arm the mercenaries fighting the Syrian people and government. The reason for this arms length approach is that the US, Britain and France are not certain that the regime will fall, and want to suffer as few consequences as possible if it doesn't. obama, afterall has an election to win in November. The AKP leadership has really made of this.

Blue Dotterel

7/29/2012 12:33:53 AM

Daniel, the US is primarily responsible for this brutal attack on the Syrian people. They took advantage of the "Arab Spring" in Egypt and Tunisia to put into operation plans they had developed way back in 2007, at least.

Morse Fan

7/28/2012 8:59:44 PM

I agree to some extent with both of you. The U.S. was not running a proxy war at the beginning. Don't know now. But, I fear Mr. Erdogan was misled by Barack Obama about what the U.S. would do, and Turkey may have missed some opportunities. He did good things to avoid Turkey having to get more involved, and when you tell your leader war is not an option, you handcuff him. Keep an eye out - Obama isn't playing you guys against Israel, is he? Or is he just not a good communicator/leader?

Sam Steel

7/28/2012 8:29:35 PM

@Daniel Dravot, no actually AKP dragged Turkey into a conflict that it has nothing to do with, it is in fact the AKP invlovement in this conflict that fueled it and made it as big as it is today. Turkey's immense support to the terrorists FSA is a large part of why Turkey is now drawn into a war that it thought it will be immune from. Erdo-Davut government stuck its nose where it don't belong and now they seem to be sniffing mustard gaz.
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