Turkish Deputy PM: Terror used to manipulate domestic politics
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARAJan 13, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Jan 13, 2016 12:00 am
In the second day of the Foreign Ministry's Annual 8th Ambassadors' Conference on Tuesday, deputy prime ministers Numan Kurtulmuş and Yalçın Akdoğan issued speeches to attendees, emphasizing the impact of terrorism on society.
Deputy Prime Minister Akdoğan underlined that terror is currently being used as a tool to define borders and referred to the deadly attacks already conducted by the terrorist organization DAESH. Fellow Deputy Prime Minister Kurtulmuş also stressed that the two main crises faced by the world currently include proxy wars and the refugee crisis. He also added that these two issues cannot be solved by Turkey's efforts alone.
As Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet Square was hit by a deadly blast early on Tuesday which killed 10 people and wounded 15 others, Kurtulmuş emphasized that the social chaos caused by proxy wars and the refugee crisis will have a direct impact on the world order if the international community does not establish effective political, economic and social solutions to the crises.
‘The world needs new paradigms to combat the issues we face today'
Kurtulmuş continued on by saying that "the countries' proxy wars have gained momentum throughout the world, especially in region that Turkey is in the middle of. These proxy wars have allowed terrorist organizations to enhance their strength and threaten the lives of people in the region. We have especially seen evidence of this in the Syrian war – that terror, proxy wars and the refugee crisis are one matter holistically."
Deputy Prime Minister Kurtulmuş further stressed that "The refugee crisis is more dangerous than a potential World War III if the international community cannot find a joint solution for the crisis." Continuing on with his remarks on Syria, Kurtulmuş stated, "If the world's five most powerful countries have the power to veto anything they dislike, how can the other 195 countries find justice?" In this regard, he said, "The world's current paradigm has collapsed and caused the widespread collapse of the world system. The current world system cannot continue with such paradigms and there is an urgent need to generate ideas to solve the problem. This is an urgent need of Turkey."
Terror used as a tool to define borders, Deputy Prime Minsister Akdoğan says
Echoing Kurtulmuş's remarks, deputy Prime Minister Akdoğan commenced in stating that the world has faced a global economic crisis and that the EU has entered a period of stagnation; whereas, Turkey has not due to its multi-dimensional economy and multi-dimensional foreign policy. Akdoğan continued in addressing terrorism, saying that "While terror is being used as a tool for defining borders, there are those who murder civilians under the cover of combating DAESH. They have also provoked terrorists in the Qandil Mountains in their efforts to prevent Turkey from resolving the issue on its own by injecting themselves into the equation."
Pointing to evidence implicating some foreign powers of being involved with the PKK terrorist organization, Akdoğan said that both the PKK and DAESH are being used to create conflict in Turkey and to redefine the borders of the world map. "The terrorist organization [PKK] has become a nuisance for local civilians. Turkey's counterterror operations will continue until public order is restored," Akdoğan said. He also commented on the stance of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in saying, "No one can do politics by using terror as a form of blackmail."