editor in the policy.F. A. Z.
In the first years of its rule, the AKP had set governments on "smart power", to economic relations, humanitarian aid and other kind of cooperation. In time, Turkey was a very important regional actor. With the coup attempt of 2016, that all changed. Since then, the government's "hard power stressed", you are in violation of the Motto of atatürk "peace at home, peace in the world" and also against the UN Charter, which prohibits the use of violence and the threat of it. The purpose of the "hard power should be" a deterrent.
But in 1974, the intervention of the government of Bülent Ecevit in Cyprus but also?
Atatürk had said in a speech about the war, war is a crime and Homizid, unless a vital interest of the Nation is at risk. The foreign policy of Turkey in Accordance with this understanding, without Irredentism and without violence. For the CHP, this Motto is still very important. As a Turkey in 1974, intervened in Cyprus, was an international legal justification, because Turkey is one of the guarantor powers for Cyprus.
today in Syria and in Libya is not a vital national interest?
In the case of Syria there may be partial justifications, as long as the military operations to combat terror and terrorist acts to the goal, emanating from Syria. For other operations this is not the case. However, a vital national interest in Libya becoming less and less. We also observe a very strong reaction against the Turkish presence there.
What is criticized by the CHP on Turkey's policy in Libya?
The CHP supports one of the two briefs, signed by Turkey in November 2019 with the government Sarradsch under: The to the Maritime delimitation between the two States. Also, Turkey has rights in the Mediterranean sea. The bodies of some of the countries in question. Because Turkey has created in the Eastern Mediterranean, a vacuum, in keeping with Egypt and Israel no good relations and alliances against Turkey could be made. The Memorandum should be corrected.
And the Memorandum on military and security cooperation?
This we reject, because it is an Intervention in the internal Affairs of a country in which the risk of a civil war is very high. The Turkey will be drawn into the conflict, it is very difficult for us. And that is happening now.
The Turkish government wants to operate in Libya, a Navy and an air force base. It already has bases in Somalia, the Sudan and in Qatar. Is it necessary?
This is not in Accordance with the Vision of Ataturk and the understanding of the CHP's foreign policy. In the past, the AKP had rejected the government itself nor the use of military force. Today, you apply them yourself. The AKP government away from soft power and smart power. Some say, with the use of hard power, the AKP take government resorted to a kind of Neo-Ottomanism.Updated Date: 12 July 2020, 17:19