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Opposition leader: Turkey's foreign policy doomed to failure

Turkey Materials 7 September 2011 17:34
Deployment of the European missile defense system (MDS) in Turkey and the rupture of relations with Israel - these are two conflicting actions, the leader of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Milliyet newspaper reported.
Opposition leader: Turkey's foreign policy doomed to failure

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 7 /Trend/

Deployment of the European missile defense system (MDS) in Turkey and the rupture of relations with Israel - these are two conflicting actions, the leader of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Milliyet newspaper reported.
"Deploying MDS in Turkey, Ankara ensures security of Israel," he said.

According to the opposition leader, Turkey's foreign policy is doomed to failure, since Ankara has problems with all the countries of region. The UN report on the Freedom Flotilla tells about unsuccessful foreign policy of Turkey, said Kilicdaroglu.

UN special commission to investigate the incident with the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 on the outskirts of Gaza placed the responsibility for incident on Israel and partly on Turkey.

However, the report says that undertaken by Israel, the "marine blockade was introduced as a legitimate security measure to prevent the delivery of arms into Gaza by sea, and its implementation meets the requirements of international law."

According to Kilicdaroglu, Turkey should play a role of mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but not to support any particular side in this matter.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sept. 2 that the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel passed on the secondary level. Moreover, Ankara has frozen its military cooperation with Tel Aviv.

Davutoglu said Ankara recalled its ambassador to Tel-Aviv. Davutoglu said that the relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara will not be restored till Israel apologizes to Turkey.

Head of Information and Analytical Department of the Israeli Defense Ministry Amos Gilad said despite the deterioration of the Israeli-Turkish relations, the Israeli military attaché to Turkey will not leave.

Relations between Turkey and Israel -- two strategic and military partners -- worsened after Israeli naval attacks on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31.

Nine Turks fell victim to a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and international human rights activists on the Turkish ship. Ankara later demanded that Israel issue an official apology, order an independent international investigation, and pay compensation.

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