Thursday, October 27, 2011

Turkey says won't change its position on Israel despite aid

27 October 2011, Thursday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM , 

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey will not change its what he termed "a principled position" with respect to Israel because of its aid it sent to help cope with earthquake that wrecked life havoc in eastern Turkey, stressing that Ankara's political conditions for reconciliation remain intact.

Davutoğlu is the latest Turkish official to claim that intense political climate both Israel and Turkey are going through does not affect both countries' determination to help each other on humanitarian grounds. While speaking to a news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Davutoğlu dismissed claims that Turkey initially rejected international offers for aid and said Turkey has never considered the aid offers with "[political] prejudice." 

Turkey asked dozens of countries on Monday, including Israel, who previously told Ankara were ready to send aid for earthquake victims and international aid have started pouring in since then. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the military send aid to Turkey as requested. The Israeli aid plane was scheduled to land in Ankara on Wednesday afternoon. 

Earthquake in eastern Turkey also presented a window of opportunity for Turkish and Israeli leaders to bury hostilities as leaders of both countries had phone conversations after a long hiatus. Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on phone with their Israeli counterparts, Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu. 

But Davutoğlu rejected any reconciliation between Turkey and Israel and said aid by the Jewish state will not translate into change into Ankara's position regarding Israel. "Political conditions remain," Davutoğlu said, referring to Turkey's demands for restoring ties…

Comment: Your carrots will not tie our hands. Turkey is now a principled nation.

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