Skip to comments.United States asked Turkey PM to delay Gaza trip: Kerry
Posted on 04/21/2013 2:48:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The United States asked Turkey's leader to delay a Gaza Strip visit so as not to upset U.S. efforts to revive Ankara's ties with Israel and Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has for years spoken of his desire to visit the Palestinian enclave, said last week he planned to go in late May after an official visit to the United States.
But Kerry said a Turkish visit to Gaza, controlled by the Hamas Islamist group which rejects Israel's existence, might distract from efforts to revive Middle East peace talks...
Kerry has visited the region several times in recent weeks, holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Erdogan had been expected to visit Gaza this month but postponed his trip at the request of the United States. He will travel to Washington to meet President Barack Obama on May 16...
Hamas's refusal to recognize the Jewish state and past vows to destroy it are a key reason behind an Israeli blockade of the coastal territory since Hamas seized it from the more moderate pro-Western Fatah movement in 2007. Europe and the United States have long demanded Hamas drop violence and recognize Israel as a condition for any dialogue.
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EU Observer | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
Posted on 12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv
How to win friends and influence people. Sheesh.
Turkey has been a good ally....until now.
Don’t you remember during the Iraq war, they wouldn’t let our planes fly over their airspace.
2 hippies in a row now. We have to run out of them sooner or later.
Actually, Turkey denied us access during the Gulf War and continued the policy during the war in Iraq. They didn’t want Iraqiis going into Turkey.
They didn’t want the Kurds acting up.
If Turkey invaded poland from the rear would Greece help?
Turkey used to be a symbol of modernism in the muslim world. Now, it is democratically moving towards Sharia Law. Sad, but not unpredictable. Given time most people will vote themselves back into bondage, especially in cultures predisposed to think that is normal.
People who vote that way are trying to put others in bondage, because they can’t abide anyone living differently than themselves. In this country they live in gated communities, like in that episode of the X-Files. :’)
I wholeheartedly agree — specifically, they didn’t want the Iraqi Kurds to declare independence. Sooner or later they’re going to have to deal with Iraqi and Syrian Kurds linking up, and negotiate surrender of Turkish-occupied Kurdistan to a new nation.
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