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Loğoğlu called on the government to
make its stance on al-Qaeda clear. AA photo

Loğoğlu called on the government to make its stance on al-Qaeda clear. AA photo

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has fired salvos at the government with questions regarding their view of al-Qaeda.

Recalling that Turkey’s ambassador to Chad, who said “al-Qaeda is not a terrorist organization,” in a tweet is still on duty, CHP Deputy Chair Faruk Loğoğlu yesterday called on the government to make clear whether or not it considered al-Qaeda as a terrorist organization.

Loğoğlu also said al-Qaeda’s former spokesperson, Abu Ghaith, who entered the country without a passport, was released by Turkish security forces following his detention and that Turkey had not extradited him despite a U.S. request to do so. “What is this person still doing in Turkey?” he asked, speaking at a press conference at the Parliament. Unconfirmed news reports in February said the United States asked Turkey to extradite Ghaith after his detention in Ankara earlier this year. Ghaith was seized at a luxury hotel in Ankara after a tip-off from the CIA, and was being held there by police, the reports said.

Regarding Turkish Ambassador to Chad Ahmet Kavas, Loğoğlu, a former ambassador and undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, said envoys represent their states. Neither the Foreign Ministry nor any figure from the government has so far provided a reaction to the ambassador’s remarks, and he remains on duty.

“Does the AKP [the ruling Justice and Development Party] government regard al-Qaeda as a terror organization or not? Considering that its ambassador has not been corrected, what kind of conclusion should we draw? It is essential that the government make this issue clear and that they be open within the context of ongoing efforts toward ending terror and violence in our country,” Loğoğlu said.

Kavas is one of around a dozen non-diplomats that has been appointed as ambassadors by the AKP government. Kavas, an academic with expertise on Africa, was most recently working at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Theology before being appointed to his current post in August 2012.


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The Prisoner

3/5/2013 8:26:33 PM

About time someone openly questioned the true agenda of the AKP and it's followers.

Vargen Vargen

3/5/2013 4:12:47 PM

The comment by Mr Kavas is of course totally unacceptable and also very suprising for a man who is professor of Theology. He has to resign and publically explain what he means. Does he mean that the actions by Al Qaeda is in in line with Islam? Given his education as a professor, he should be qualified to inform the people about this. It does also make you wonder what he told his students when he was a university teacher.

mara mcglothin

3/5/2013 4:05:33 PM

Regardless of whether the CHP is a viable party or not is not the question. There is nothing wrong with asking the ruling party to define their opinions of Al Qaeda or is there? The man who made the backward statements should be taken out of office immediately.

Nature Guy

3/5/2013 11:52:22 AM

If Turkey is courting Al-Qaeda, even from a distance, it means big trouble ahead for Turkey.....wait & see!

Faruk Beisser

3/5/2013 10:53:26 AM

Well, well, well, he worked at the theological faculty? What a wonderful qualification for a job as ambassador!

Richard Wyatt

3/5/2013 10:52:26 AM

If the Turkish government does not officially condemn this statement and declare that Al Qaeda is a terrorist organisation, doubts should be raised about Turkey's continued membership of NATO.

Foreigner .

3/5/2013 10:48:22 AM

Oh come on! just last week there were raids against al-qaeda suspects in Turkey, and such news are often. CHP has lost touch with reality. Trying to dissect and conveniently adapt various communications is the way CHP tries to stay in headlines. They are lost in identity: now they want peace with Kurds, and now they workd against it. MHP is at least consistent, albeit ridiculous in black and whitestance. CHP is gray completely.

turk oz

3/5/2013 6:05:36 AM

Faruk Logoglu was the one of the finest ambassador to USA. He is smart and knows how USA operates. We need him to lead Turkey under CHP leadership. I met him, he is very smart. It is about time to elect new leader for CHP. Faruk Logoglu is that person. It is invitation to all the smart CHP members to think hard and think of Turkey.

David Cuthell

3/5/2013 12:52:55 AM

This old professional deserves considerable attention!


3/5/2013 12:25:50 AM

“al-Qaeda is not a terrorist organization.” Mr. Kavas should be made to either officially retract his comment and or be sacked asap. As far as the Abu Ghaith affair is concerned, it remains a mystery as to why Turkey didn't hand him to the CIA for interogation, since it was the latter who was responsible for his arrest by informing MIT of his entrance to Turkey with a fake passport. He is an Al Qaeda member and a terrorist beyond the shadow of a doubt. Regards
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