Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, has hinted that his country could take a different direction to its Syria policy where since 2011 it has supported anti-Assad terrorist and rebel groups to overthrow the longtime Syrian President.

“It is not right for us to impose any decision” on the Syrian people the Deputy Prime Minister said, hinting for the first time that Turkey had engaged in a flawed policy.

The staunch and powerful ally of Turkish President Erdogan said that Turkey’s policy towards Syria contained graves mistakes and should be rectified, whilst reiterating his country will not side with Assad, but allow Syrians to make their own decision.

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He did however emphasize that Turkey will act as a guarantor of decisions made at the new round of Syrian peace talks.

 

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  1. Translation:
    We destroyed your country and tried to install and Salafi dictatorship and failed. In the process we have destabilised our country and caused the rise of terrorism through out both Syria, Turkey and beyond. We now realise this was perhaps not a good idea. Please forgive us. PS. our invading army won’t leave anytime soon as we really want to annex the north of Syria.

  2. Erdogan has no choice because he is now finding that ISIS & America do not make reliable bedfriends. However if he now decides to accept Assad as Syria’s president he must do so whole heartedly and not with reservations.

    • Yes IMHO. Erdogan needs Assad’s consent to get rid of Rojava which is a back door and appetizer for the South East Anatolian Kurd majority. IS has become a problem for Erdogan only after the SDF started to gobble up IS territory to round off Rojava. Not the US – Erdogan is the unreliable partner. The US have originally been in the Syrian cabal just as a naive (oust Assad / democracy) ally of the Gulf sheiks and Turkey. The sheiks had real interests at stake and paid the main bills. Only after the rise of IS the US started a recalcitrant rapprochement policy of its own towards the Kurds. Because they were more reliable allies than the Turks who were mostly interested in their oil trade with the IS bedfellow.

        • Sy also has a point – nations with maritime strategy are known to be unreliable. Their allies are often far away. Nations with continental strategy know that their neighbors are close and stay. So they must be more reliable partners. US inherited GB’s manners and outlook.

    • Except that he won’t Sy – Turkey will never accept any sort of Kurdish entity in northern Syria, especially west of Euphrates, this means their occupation is for keeps until driven out, no matter what they may say. Look at northern Cyprus – Turks invaded in 1974, still there.

      • There will just be a Kurdish entity in south east Turkey, about the third of the country size, then an Armenian one north-east and Thrace back to Greece.
        And nobody will care if Ankara accepts…

      • And still in Constantinople since 1453 but thanks to the great knowledge Erdogan has in history, strategy and moreover by playing all sides which’s the best way to end with everybody against you. Jupiter makes those he wants to become doomed firstly mad, then… And… Nothing lasts forever.

      • Erdogan is not the Sultan of Syria. So it does not matter what he wants – if Assad and Russia want something else. ok. By numerical size Turkey has the biggest army in that area. But Turkey needs air support by others. And the Turk troops and mercenaries did not exactly cover themselves with glory in their recent fights against IS. Syrian and Kurdish forces are battle hardened and fared way better against IS. Yes look at Cyprus. Turkey has laid claim to or conquered almost every neighbors territory. Like the Ottomans in the past. Until the neighbors ganged up. In the end even small nations acquired their share.

  3. Great on one hand (the left), but very small on the other hand (the right) : the taste of the snake.
    And about responsabilities, any word ?
    And about border control, any word, any act ?

    • @Assad must stay

      Erdogan will of course offer his construction companies to rebuild all the destruction that he is directly responsible for in Syria. Erdogan will rebuild Aleppo for a ‘fair price’ naturally. 🙂

      If any of us had written a book pre 2009 foretelling what has happened in Syria during the last 6 years , we would be told that such a silly ‘fantasy’ could never happen in reality 🙂

  4. Erdogan and his government CAN’T BE TRUSTED.

    Turkey is currently playing both sides:
    1) Allies with Russia (and Iran) in terms of dealing with the Kurdish Question.
    2) Allies with the US and Nusra etc in dealing with the Syrian Government- they would still like to overthrow the Syrian state.

    It depends of which way the wind is blowing- at the right time, Turkey will back-stab the russian-Iranian alliance.

    Unfortunately, it is progress in the battlefield that will decided political progress, not the negotiating table. turkey has invested everything in toppling the Syrian state (and also the Iraqi state) and I don’t see them giving this up at all. It’s all a trick to buy time and allow them to think of other strategies.

  5. Turkey’s ‘two-headed’ model unsustainable, constitutional change needed to avert crises: Simsek
    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKBN14Q0RD
    But the best :
    “He said that Turkey’s democracy will strengthen and that its integration with the European Union will continue in a very strong way”
    => ROFL!!!! Well, maybe in 300 years? You only need a single country to veto an entry into the EU… Turkey’ll have to give back Constantinople and Cyprus first and well, send AKP to hell too, LOL! Turkish intelligence (MIT) is even very likely to be designated as a terrorist organisation very soon, LOL!

    • Reuters picks up what it likes and what serves the US. They also clamor for the demise of the €uro and common EC bonds to help greece and others because US Finance investors would like that. p.s. They overlook that the individual US states do not issue common bond either and that during the 2008 crisis European nations have shown more solidarity with each other than US states with each other.