Thursday, January 3, 2013
Turkish president - "The key to stopping the Iranian nuclear program is Israeli disarmament."Turkey doesn't want any neighboring country to possess nuclear arms, including Israel.
Turkish president - "The key to stopping the Iranian nuclear program is Israeli disarmament."Turkey doesn't want any neighboring country to possess nuclear arms, including Israel.(TI).
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has given an interview to globally acclaimed foreign policy magazine Foreign Affairs, Anadolu Agency reported.
Gul responded to questions by the magazine's Jonathan Tepperman on issues such as relations with the United States and Europe, the Syria crisis, relations with Israel as well as the Arab world, Iran's nuclear program, and democracy in Turkey.
When answering a question if he saw any prospect of reconciliation with Israel, Gul said, "First of all, the current situation between Turkey and Israel is the outcome of the Israelis own preferences and the mistakes theyhave made. The entire world knows this. Even the allies of Israel, who cannot express it directly to the Israelis, clearly say it to us. Second, the current situation in Turkish-Israeli relations has not impacted our military options or our armed forces. It's true that wehave procured drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, from them in the past, and some of them still do exist. Others were canceled or not bought. But I want everyone to clearly understand that the Turkish armed forces are in no way relying or dependent on Israel in that sense, or in any other sense. We have no weakness or lowered capability with regard to Syria because of the current level of relations with Israel."
Turkey's stance toward Iranian nuclear program.
In response to a question why Turkey did not seem as concerned about the Iranian nuclear program as are other countries in the region and countries in the West, the Turkish president said that Turkey did not want to see any neighboring country possess nuclear weapons. "Turkey will not accept a neighboring country possessing weapons not possessed by Turkey herself. We are not underestimating this matter in any way. But we are more realistic, and what we need is a more comprehensive solution and approach to this problem. What matters here is to guarantee the security of Israel in the region, and once that is guaranteed, then the next step must be to eradicate all such weapons from the region. This can be done only through peace", Gul said.
When Tepperman asked if Gul believed that the key to stopping the Iranian nuclear program was Israeli disarmament, the Turkish president said, "That is the way I see it. Because that route will help them solve the fundamental problems in the Middle East that affect the whole world."Hmmmm....As i said before 'it was always about Israel's Nuclear weapons.'Read the full story here.