Turkish FM Davutoğlu: Established practices will maintain AK Party
by Ali Ünal
KONYAAug 10, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Ali Ünal
Aug 10, 2014 12:00 am
Hours before the presidential election Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu hosted Ankara representatives of major news outlets in his house at constituency of Konya and shared his remarks on ISIS threat, agenda regarding the Party's future and his possible nomination for Prime Ministry.
Regarding criticism from the opposition parties about foreign policy issues Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu complained about being accused of engaging Turkey in a war and falling short of protection to Turkmens in Iraq. "I am accused of engaging Turkey in a war; however, Turkey's surroundings are already a battlefield. Turkey is maintaining its public order and we are not engaged in a war. This is an outstanding achievement" he said and added "Even though we are involved with Turkmens, we are asked why we don't provide sufficient protection to Turkmens."
About the critics towards policies which seek to integrate with northern part of Iraq he said, "Is it possible for Republic of Turkey to say "I can only get involved with Turkmens"? Aren't Yazidis, Christians, Arabs human beings? We are carrying out policies both to protect our kin, and steer clear of the war." and pointed out the vitality of having full attention in the region: "However, there are times and places in which you will utilize this right with an ultimate care, such as situations regarding human lives, Turkey's strategic interests." Foreign Minister also wanted people to rest assure about lives of hostages in Mosul.
Regarding AK Party's future, he emphasized suffering but experience-giving incidents in the past and talked about the future of the party as promising. "We have gone through hard times; think about before the year 2007, the period between April and July was a more challenging one than the contemporary. There were general elections, electronic notes, and plans about a coup. AK Party survived through all of this unscathed. A political party which has gone through this and won two elections after will be able to overcome the current situation also. Regarding this, I don't think there will be much problem." said Davutoğlu.
About his name's being mentioned for Prime Minister Chair, he remarked to wait till the presidential election results announced and warned people for hesitations and disputes in order to prevent the division among the AK Party factions. "Hesitations are the utmost threat, in any occasion. Any hesitations will result in confusion among the people. It is important to be concentrated. 30th of March was an obstacle and it was overcome. Three day before this, the wiretapping incident in our Ministry happened. If we had focused the question on what's next, this hesitation, this confusion would have devastated us, not the wiretapping incident." he said.
"We are the ruling party, we don't have the luxury to act like this. CHP can do it, because they don't have the responsibility about these problems and they don't possess the capacity to struggle to become the ruling party." stated Davutoğlu and noted "Now, the 10th of August is upon us, and we will overcome this obstacle as well. The new obstacle after this will be about the distribution of roles, and this will be the responsibility of the new leader."
With respect to claims that a conflict between the President and the Prime Minister is possible, Foreign Minister guaranteed that this will not be the case and underlined the interaction between two statesmen instead: "The psychological factors are important in this situation; communication, trust, shared vision, and loyalty between people will provide the most fundamental guarantee. If this is not realized, nothing can prevent a conflict, not even legal or constitutional preventions. Therefore, the relations between the Prime Minister and the President rely on interpersonal interactions."
Davutoğlu also stated that a constitutional reform is acquired to achieve the co-act between President and the Prime Minister. He said: President and the Prime Minister elected due to the votes received around the same political preferences will prevent conflict; even it may result in a joining of forces, a synergy. Chairman of the Party and the Prime Minister should not be separate person. Otherwise, the power will be fragmentized between the two, and the current political system could not sustain the damage.