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CHP’s views on the Kurdish Question

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey and Kurds, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish politics on November 24, 2009 at 16:55

Main opposition party, CHP, has recently opened up an office in Brussels. Some thought it as a good sign that finally CHP would actually support the EU process. There has not been any positive signs though. In the mean time, Brussels office sends email-bulletins. The last one was about CHP’s views on the Kurdish Question. EU leadership proves to be more and more naive and I guess in this respect good, abstract but without substance statements may have an impact on EU public. If only ignores the fact that CHP triggers more nationalist hysteria than nationalist MHP does…Below, there is also a roundup on the EU-TR relations and TR’s Foreign Policy moves…

CHP VIEWS AND PROPOSALS ON THE KURDISH QUESTION

The Turkish Parliament debated the government’s initiative on the Kurdish question on November 10th and 13th.

Background: In 1991, the first proposal of law in Turkey on the abolishment of all obstacles to the use of the Kurdish language was a social-democratic initiative. It was signed and introduced by Mr Deniz Baykal and his colleagues. In 2002, during the rule of the coalition government (Social-Democrats-Liberals-Nationalists) several reforms were adopted to allow the teaching and broadcasting in Kurdish. Recently, the Turkish government declared its intention to implement a new reform on the ethnic issues without making public its proposal. CHP responded in reminding its previous comprehensive reports on the Kurdish question and its very recent concrete proposals. Read the rest of this entry »

Foreign Policy Moods as of Thursday morning: Super with Armenia, getting better with Azerbaijan and slightly better with Israel

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on October 22, 2009 at 09:58
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ...
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the Parliament to inform lawmakers on Turkey-Armenia-Azerbaijan relations in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. Turkey’s government faced stiff opposition in parliament on Wednesday over its landmark agreement to improve ties with Armenia by establishing diplomatic relations and opening their sealed border. Davutoglu also explained that Turkey, which shares ethnic and cultural bonds with Azerbaijan, wants a peaceful settlement to the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh. an Armenian-occupied enclave in Azerbaijan that has been a center of regional tensions.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Judge Goldstone advises Israel to come to grips with the substance of the report

“In Gaza, I was surprised and shocked by the destruction and misery there. I had not expected it. I did not anticipate that the IDF would have targeted civilians and civilian objects. I did not anticipate seeing the vast destruction of the economic infrastructure of Gaza including its agricultural lands, industrial factories, water supply and sanitation works. These are not military targets. I have not heard or read any government justification for this destruction. Read the rest of this entry »

Membership by 2015?

In Islam in Europe, TR-US relations, Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on October 7, 2009 at 14:15
That’s a Foreign Ministry hope or fantasy. I am not too pessimistic about the EU membership process but it is a bit early. Super-slowness is the rule and targetting 2015 is to fasten the process which could disorient all the parties:)
Ah well, while EU membership process is a little peripherialized in the current state of Turkish foreign policy making, still it makes news, still happenings. A huge roundup on related issues:
People gather under The Eiffel Tower, lighted in the colours ...

People gather under The Eiffel Tower, lighted in the colours of Turkey as part of events marking the “Season of Turkey in France”, in Paris October 6, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Turkish FM: “Turkey seeks EU membership by 2015″

Turkey is counting on joining the European Union by 2015 to bolster both its and the EU’s global role, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Friday. “Even 2015 is too late, not only for us, it will be too late for the EU as well,” Davutoğlu said at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

The Eiffel Tower is seen lighted in the colours of Turkey as ...

The Eiffel Tower is seen lighted in the colours of Turkey as part of events marking the ‘Season of Turkey in France’, in Paris October 6, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Read the rest of this entry »

Patriot missiles and more on Turkish foreign policy

In TR-US relations, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on September 24, 2009 at 09:09
Patriot issue came out of blue and we will see where it will lead to.. Yigal’s substantive piece and a more provocative link in addition to other issues in Turkish foreign policy..
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks ...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks about Turkey’s global priorities to a gathering at Princeton University Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, in Princeton. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Patriot Games

by Yigal Schleifer

There’s a certain feeling of Cold War déjà vu in Turkey these days. Back then, NATO ally Turkey was seen as a front line state in the standoff against a dangerous nuclear power and was even home to American missiles (the intermediate range Jupiters, quietly removed as part of the deal made to end the Cuban missile crisis). Cut to 2009, when western ally Turkey is again being viewed by some as a front-line defense against a (potential) nuclear power — this time around Iran — and might soon be home to an American-made long-range missile defense system.

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“Stirrings” in the EU process…

In TR-US relations, Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish politics on February 5, 2009 at 18:32

Turkey’s EU process seems to have peripherialized in Turkish foreign policy but that does not mean there is no progress. There is at least some "stirring" recently. The new chief negoatiator, Egemen Bağış, whose sole duty will be the negotiation itself will certainly have an impact. There is a huge roundup here on TR’s EU process. Towards the end of the post, there is a roundup on the Davos aftermath. There are a few pieces on linking TR’s EU process to developments in the Middle East. Finally, there is the case of Atilla Olgaç, that I could not cover before. I have to agree with Hans who labelled him as "just another idiot amongst others"……

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“Europe complains of Turkish red tape

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on December 25, 2008 at 21:46

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“EU’s Rehn says 2009 turning point for Turkey entry talks, Cyprus deal

In Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe on December 21, 2008 at 15:38

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“Turkish academics in apology to Armenians

In TR-US relations, Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe on December 15, 2008 at 18:29

Turkish academics in apology to Armenians

Intellectuals break taboo to acknowledge genocide by Ottoman Turks

By Nicholas Birch in Istanbul
Monday, 15 December 2008


Around 200 Turkish intellectuals and academics are to apologise on the internet today for the ethnic cleansing of Armenians during the First World War, in the most public sign yet that Turkey’s most sensitive taboo is slowly melting away.

"My conscience does not accept the denial of the great catastrophe that the Ottoman Armenians were subjected to in 1915," the text prepared by the group reads. "I reject this injustice and … empathise with the feelings and pain of my Armenian brothers. I apologise to them."

[counter campaign by retired diplomats had also started (in Turkish)]
Ex-Turkish envoys slam campaign apologizing to Armenians

The ‘apology’ question

By SABAH EMRE AKÖZ on Turkish Press Review

A group of intellectuals led by Baskın Oran, Ahmet İnsel, Cengiz Aktar and Ali Bayramoğlu prepared and opened up for signatures a text regarding the events of 1915. The body of the text, which they debated for a long time before coming to an agreement on, was as follows:

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Office of Chief of Staff gives Turkish journalists a ride to Southeast region…

In Journalism, TR-US relations, Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish judiciary, Turkish military on December 7, 2008 at 17:59

 

 40 journalists are invited by Turkish army officials to have a tour in Kurdish populated southeastern regions in Turkey. So that these journalists will know better how the struggle between the security forces and terrorists continue… News in Turkish here.

 

 

Civil Society in “European Commission 2008 Progress Report on Turkey”

By USAK:

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“Mutual consent on Turkey’s EU bid: the slower the better

In EU summits/meetings, Turkey and Cyprus, Turkey in Europe on November 4, 2008 at 13:45

Mutual consent on Turkey’s EU bid: the slower the better

Barçin Yinanç

Duchess accused of smearing Turkey’s image – Europe- msnbc.com

EU in last minute move to criticize Erdoğan’s media boycott

The European Union Commission will add a last minute amendment to its annual progress report to include criticisms of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip

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