compiled by Cem Ertür
6 November 2008
1) Turkey, Lebanon sign cooperation deal on terrorism and crime
2) Welcoming new UNSC members: Turkey
3) Livni to Turkish minister: Security Council’s activity on Iran; not enough
excerpt from ‘Turkey, Lebanon sign cooperation deal on terrorism and crime’
Hurriyet, 4 November 2008
The deal, details of which were not disclosed, was inked after talks between prime ministers, Fuad Siniora of Lebanon, and Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
Siniora thanked Ankara for its recently intensified efforts to resolve long-standing conflicts in the Middle East.
“Turkey has a very important role to play in the Middle East. Turkey is already doing that by encouraging cooperation in the region,” the Anatolian Agency quoted him as saying.
“We want to see a Middle East that has been denuclearized. Nuclear energy should be utilized for peaceful goals,” Siniora said.
“Supporting terror will hurt the whole region and not just a single geographic location. The support of terror can not be justified with any religion,” he added.
“Relations between Lebanon and Syria must take place by respecting the mutual independence of each other. Based on such understanding, Lebanese ministers may visit their counterparts in Syria,” Siniora said when asked whether he will pay a visit to Syria.
excerpts from ‘Welcoming new UNSC members: Turkey’
by Ross Wilson (*), Today’s Zaman, 4 November 2008
People worldwide are wondering right now how a new administration will affect US foreign policy. But even as we await the results of the election, there is no doubt that the United States will continue to bring the most pressing issues facing international security to the UN Security Council. It is in that context that we welcome Turkey’s recent election for a two-year term on the council.
While we cannot predict where crises might arise, several issues of recent concern will clearly be important. Perhaps most urgent among those issues is Iran’s continuing defiance of the council’s will regarding its nuclear program… We look forward to continued close work with Turkey to maintain the international focus on this issue.
*Ross Wilson is the ambassador of the United States of America to Turkey.
Livni to Turkish minister: Security Council’s activity on Iran; not enough
by Roni Sofer, Jerusalem Post, 30 October 2008
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül on Thursday. She praised the strategic cooperation between the two countries and emphasized the importance of international treatment of the Iranian threat.
Livni said that the United Nations Security Council’s activity regarding Iran is not enough and expressed her discontentment with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Turkey.