Turkish PM: World needs a sense of common destiny
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed Wednesday the need for international cohesiveness to take on global challenges, including terrorist threats, Anadolu agency reported.
"All terrorist organizations are a threat to humanity. We have to unite against this," he said at "The Forum for Global Change" at the Wilton Park in London.
Davutoglu emphasized that no country in the world was immune to terrorist threats.
His remarks come after a rally in Paris on Jan. 11 in which more than 50 world leaders marched, along with more than two million people, to pay tribute to 17 victims of the attacks against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in the capital.
He stressed the loss of a sense of common destiny as the source of current global problems.
"If the destinies are separated, the next stage will be confrontation and conflict," he said.
Davutoglu argued that developing political or economic strategies without ethics "might lead to a Stalin or a Hitler."
"We are worried that the fast flow of the history will not bring positive things if the international community is not united on certain ethical principles and certain strategic priorities," he added.
He maintained that a new security approach was necessary as state-centric security and unity were both things of the past.
To "those states that see military power as the ultimate force to define national identity, politics, economy, it is not valid anymore," he added.
He went on to insist that fragile countries were the result of leaders who did not promote "inclusive" policies.
He gave the example of Iraq, which, he said, long suffered from exclusionist politics, "as all moderate Sunni politicians were arrested or exiled by the previous prime minister," i.e. Nouri al-Maliki.
"Now there is inclusivity in Baghdad because the common threat of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL) created a common destiny and now Sunnis, Shias and Kurds are playing a part in the government," he said.
"This is how the psychology changed in Baghdad after the change of the methodology in the direction of inclusivity," he added.
Davutoglu also stressed the need for a common position against humanitarian disasters and situations.
"We spent $5 billion from our national budget although we are not an oil-rich country. But we only receive $250-260 million from the rest of the world. It is not the way to deal with crises," he added, referring to the large number of refugees that spilled into Turkey because of the civil war that has plagued Syria these past years.
"Since we were not able to convince Assad at the early stage of the crisis or make pressure on him to accept certain things, it became a national, then a regional crisis. It is now a global crisis," he said, adding "we cannot say wait and see."
He also stressed that international organizations needed to be restructured, starting with the United Nations, where the "Cold War mentality" still prevailed, he argued, mentioning the Palestine and Syria crises as examples of unresolved issues because of the power to veto of one or two countries at the UN Security Council.