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Faruk Loğoğlu, DHA photo

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The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) indicated Dec. 24 that U.S. pressure might be behind Turkey’s partial lift of its veto on Israel’s participation in NATO partnership programs, in response to some NATO members’ lifting their vetoes on partnership activities with Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and countries in the Balkans and Caucasus.

“For a long time, [the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP)] foreign policy has not been a policy which protects Turkey’s national interests and which assumes them as its indispensable priority. It has turned into a policy which is conducted according to the suggestions of foreign powers,” CHP Deputy Chair Faruk Loğoğlu, a former undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, said in a written statement.

Loğoğlu recalled that Israeli media had claimed that Turkey’s partial lifting of its veto had come as Turkey’s request NATO station Patriot missile batteries along its border with Syria was granted.

“As stated by sources closely involved with the issue, the demand for lifting the veto against Israel has been directly conveyed to the AKP government by the U.S. administration and the AKP said ‘yes’ to this,” he said.

Since the government has not been sharing all of the information it has regarding its foreign policy moves, it is not possible to make a healthy assessment, Loğoğlu said, while not excluding the accuracy of the claims he listed above.

The AKP should make a detailed explanation regarding both Patriot deployment and recent development on Israel, otherwise it will have to be assumed that the related claims are true, he said.

December/25/2012

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mara mcglothin

12/28/2012 4:50:35 PM

Pressure? Sounds more like mutuall cooperation between two countries with benefits for both, OR "business as usual" This is the World of politics.

american american

12/25/2012 2:13:49 PM

turkey gets 6 or 7 countries it wants involved and the us and europe 1. sounds like immense pressure....

rich bind

12/25/2012 3:03:29 AM

It might be that NATO countries (not just the US) understands the importance of Israeli intelligence assets in many foreign countries including Iran & Syria. It might be that they also appreciate Israeli technology in the areas of anti-missile defense, cyber warfare, drones and advanced weapon development. Even if Turkey has no use for such technology why would they prevent their allies from access. But again, Turkey feels closer to Iran and Hamas they do to the US & Europe.
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