TODAY.AZ / Politics "Who Do The Armenians Think They Are?"

07 September 2006 [20:08] - TODAY.AZ
The European Parliament gave a young Dutch MEP, who wants to make his career from Turkey, the task of preparing a report on Turkey.

I can't remember another report so ridiculous. His intentions are bad. It seems that cleverer politicians have misled this young MEP. Moreover, he claims to be a friend of the Turks.

He says Turkey has to accept the so-called Armenian genocide. We were surprised to see Armenia in Turkey's EU progress report. Those who are unable or more reluctant to make Armenia withdraw from Azerbaijan's soil are criticizing our policies. How many times do we have to say it? 'If the Armenians withdraw from Azerbaijan soil, then we would develop every relation with Armenia.' Armenia would become a prosperous state in two years if we opened its doors to the world. Even simpletons know that there are many Armenians working illicitly in Istanbul.

But the Armenians think that this is the opportunity to form their 'greater Armenia.' The Kurds also think that they are close to forming their 'greater Kurdistan.' The PKK has become more violent. Barzani lowered the Iraqi flag. What's happening? What do they believe? I should say it: They believe Turkey won't stay on the US side in a war with Iran. They think Washington will break off its relations with Turkey in such a case, and think that the Kurds and the Armenians would then have an opportunity. They are calculating that Turkey wouldn't be considered in the Middle East. They think that such a Turkey would benefit both the Arabs and Iran. But Turkish foreign policy would never be based on such a scenario. A few Turkish mistakes shouldn't inspire Armenian and Kurdish fantasies. We already got sunk into our debate over sending troops to Lebanon. We shouldn't get stuck in a small part of the big game. We shouldn't work for something impossible like finding a solution to the Palestinian problem. We shouldn't make even one small mistake in the realities of foreign policy.

By Yilmaz Oztuna



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