Turkey’s Prime Minister: I don’t think new sanctions against Iran can bring results

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Dandelion Salad
8 April 2010

1) Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan: I don’t think new sanctions against Iran can bring results (6 April 2010)

from the archives:

2) Chief adviser to Turkey’s Prime Minister: New sanctions on Iran will do nothing other than aggravate the situation (December 2008)

3) As long as the international community has a unified stance on Iran, Turkey would be implementing the UN Security Council Resolutions (June 2008)


“Sure, sanctions [against Iran] are an issue at the moment, but I don’t think that the ones being discussed can bring results. Sanctions [against Iran] had already been voted through twice before. Those who had taken the decision to apply them have been the first to violate them: The French, the Germans, the English, the Americans and the Chinese. They are all implicated and still manage, through indirect means, to get their products into Iran. We cannot leave out that reality.”

[Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, interview with Le Figaro, 6 April 2010] [1] [2]

the original quote in French:

“Bien sûr, des sanctions [contre l’Iran] sont d’actualité, mais je ne pense pas que celles évoquées puissent aboutir à des résultats. Des sanctions [contre l’Iran] ont déjà été décidées à deux reprises. Ceux qui ont pris la décision de les appliquer ont été les premiers à les violer. Il y a les Français, les Allemands, les Anglais, les Américains et les Chinois. Ils sont tous impliqués et parviennent encore, par des voies indirectes, à introduire leurs produits en Iran. Nous ne pouvons pas omettre cette réalité.” [3]


“There should be a positive approach first. If one starts with punishments, this would create new problems. […]  New sanctions [against Iran] will do nothing other than aggravate the situation, favour the radicals […].”

[Ahmet Davutoglu, the chief foreign policy adviser to Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, interview with Le Monde, 18 December 2008. In May 2009, Mr Davutoglu became Turkey’s Foreign Minister]

the original quote in French:

“Il doit y avoir une approche positive d’abord. Si on commence par des punitions, on crée de nouveaux problèmes. […]  De nouvelles sanctions [contre l’Iran] ne feraient qu’aggraver la situation, favoriser les radicaux […]” [4]


“Turkey is implementing the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions [against Iran]. As long as the international community has one unified stance [on Iran], Turkey […] [would also be] implementing those decisions.”

[Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan (2007-2009), joint press conference with the US Foreign Minister Condoleezza Rice, 5 June 2008]  [5]



[1]  Diplomacy should settle Iran nuclear question: Erdogan

AFP, 6 April 2010


[2]  Turkey opposes sanctions against Iran

Reuters, 6 April 2010


[3]  Erdogan : «Sarkozy doit venir voir la Turquie d’aujourd’hui»

by Etienne Mougeotte and Laure Marchand, Le Figaro, 6 April 2010


[4]  Entretien avec Ahmet Davutoglu, conseiller du premier ministre turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan « Sanctionner l’Iran ne fait qu’aggraver la situation »

by Natalie Nougayrède, Le Monde, 18 December 2008


[5] Remarks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan after their meeting

U.S. Department of State website, 5 June 2008



related links:

Once again, a CSIS report designates Turkey as the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran (30 March 2010)


Turkey’s President Gul: Iran’s ultimate aspiration is to acquire nuclear weapons (29 March 2010)


NATO chief: Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles will put Turkey, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria within reach (27 March 2010)


US official: Turkey has international responsibilities that extend beyond its immediate neighbourhood (18 March 2010)


Israeli army chief visits Turkey to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program (16 March 2010)


Israeli minister warns Turkey: Iran’s nuclear programme would pose a danger for the whole world (November 2009)


Pentagon offers Patriot missiles to Turkey (September 2009)


US Ambassador to Turkey: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a great danger to Turkey (June 2009)


Obama: No one in the Middle East is served by Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, least of all Turkey (April 2009)