Gaza crisis proves Turkey has lost its weight in regional, global system: CHP
The ongoing Gaza crisis has proven once again that Turkey has lost its regional and global weight at the hands of this government, main opposition Republican Peopleâs Party (CHP) leader Kemal KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu has said, stressing that harsh statements issued by senior government officials were not enough to bring about concrete results.
âTurkey is no longer counted [in international efforts to resolve the Gaza crisis]. Why is that? Because Turkey no longer has weight in the region. Where are Turkeyâs words heard? In Syria? In Iraq? Only in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Do Westerners know? Yes, they know. The U.N. secretary general [Ban Ki-moon] knows it too. Turkey is no longer on the page,â KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu said in a speech to his parliamentary group on July 22.
âTurkey is isolated. Turkey does not deserve this,â he said, adding that the U.N. Security Council was convened upon the call of Jordan, not Turkey.
Recalling that Ban Ki-Moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were currently holding a regional tour to resolve the problem in Gaza, KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu stressed that previous such visits to the region also came to Turkey.
âThey do not stop by. They think it has no use. We would have no problem if we had a prime minister consistent in his words and in his acts,â he said, adding that ErdoÄanâs âinconsistencyâ had caused distrust in Turkeyâs partners. âThe main reason for this distrust is too much talking with no action. He talks 20 times a day. But what are you doing? Nothing. Foreign policy [issues] cannot be resolved by just talking.â
KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu repeated his accusation that ErdoÄan and Foreign Minister Ahmet...