Tuesday May 06, 201404:18 PM GMT
Turkey's foreign policy failure may fuel Ankara-Damascus crisis: Analyst
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) leaves a meeting with army generals and other officials in Ankara on the issue of a warplane shot down by Syria, June 23, 2012.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) leaves a meeting with army generals and other officials in Ankara on the issue of a warplane shot down by Syria, June 23, 2012.
Turkey might further become involved in a “crisis-like situation” with Syria due to a failure of Ankara’s foreign policy, says a Turkish political analyst.
Nuray Mert wrote in an article published by the Turkish Hurriyet Daily on Monday that Ankara “seems to be going nowhere other than sinking deeper into a more crisis-like situation” with Damascus. Mert also stated in the article that it was better to “take possibilities (of a war between Turkey and Syria) into consideration rather than denounce them.”
The political analyst censured the “failures of Turkish foreign policy” and pointed out the “tragic end of (Foreign Minister Ahmet) Davutoglu’s ‘zero problems with neighbors’ doctrine.”
The article was published days after Syria said on June 22 that its air defense forces shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom in the Syrian airspace “according to the laws that govern such situations.” The warplane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. Davutoglu told TRT television on June 24, “According to our conclusions, our plane was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria.” Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said in a press conference in Damascus on June 25 that the Turkish warplane “violated Syrian airspace, and in turn Syrian air defenses fired back and the plane crashed inside Syrian territorial waters.” On June 26, the Hurriyet Daily reported that Ankara had deployed a “large number of military vehicles to the Syrian border,” including “15 armored tanks, in addition to long-distance guns and other military vehicles.”
In addition, the Turkish army said in a statement issued on July 1 that it had scrambled six F-16 warplanes near the border with Syria in response to Syrian helicopters flying close to the region.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have supported arming the Syrian opposition over the past months. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on June 26 that Syria was in a “real situation of war.” “When one is in a state of war, all our policies and capabilities must be used to secure victory,” Assad stated. HSN/MA
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