Iran Rejects Istanbul As Venue For Nuclear Talks, Wants Baghdad (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Amiel Ungar 04/06/12)
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Turkey´s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was the architect of a" no
problems policy" for Turkey. This meant that Turkey would deemphasize
her membership in NATO and maintain good relations with her neighbors
(hostile relations with Israel forming the obvious exception).
As part of this policy, Turkey attempted to serve as the responsible
spokesperson for Sunni Islam and maintain close diplomatic contacts
with neighboring Iran who would serve as a spokesperson for Shiite
This would moderate conflict between the two wings of Islam, while
solidifying Turkey´s diplomatic status. Iran wanted Turkey as a
customer for its oil and a friend in the Sunni camp that could
possibly help Teheran evade sanctions.
Part of the Turkish efforts to persuade Iran of Ankara´s good
intentions was its defense of Iran´s "peaceful" nuclear research
Turkey also served as the host to the last discussions between Iran
and the 5 permanent Security Council members and the Federal Republic
of Germany (P5+1). With the announcement that talks would resume,
Turkey fully expected to continue playing host to the talks-- a
tribute to Turkey´s regional importance.
Iran upset the Turks this week by ruling out Istanbul and suggesting
Beijing, Beirut, Damascus or Baghdad. The Middle Eastern countries
are all ruled by governments friendly to Iran - and China has been
using its veto power to slow down sanctions against Iran and serious
UN action against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.
The Iranians were miffed over Turkey´s hosting the Friends of the
Syrian People conference that considered ways of backing the
insurgents and Syria. Iran´s defense minister general Ahmad Vahidi
slammed the conference for serving "the Zionist regime of Israel".
Given the fact that "our friends in Turkey have failed to fulfill
some of our agreements, the talks... had better be held in another
friendly country," said former presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaie
who is consolidating his influence at the expense of Mahmoud
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the Istanbul event
a "conference to bribe Israel" and said regional nations that
described Syria as a dictatorship were no better themselves,
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also said he had contacted
his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi to express Ankara´s dismay
at the comments that "obviously contradicted the deep-rooted
relations" between the two countries.
The Turkish daily Zaman quoted a Turkish Middle East expert who
claims that Iran was trying to stall the international reactions and
gain time to continue its nuclear program. The newspaper is close to
the ruling AKP party of Davutoglu and Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
The divisions over Syria are the main stumbling block in the
relations between Turkey and Iran. If Turkey was going to be a leader
of Sunni Islam it had to act appropriately in Syria. At the Istanbul
conference it was Saudi Arabia and Qatar who suggested buying arms
for the Syrian insurgents a development that will sharply change the
balance of power between the government and the insurgents. Turkey
cannot allow itself to fall behind the Gulf Staes.The United States
is also insisting that Turkey participate in the sanctions against
Turkey is learning a lesson that the superpowers have learned in the
Middle East - and the same would apply to budding regional powers.
A no problems diplomacy can work if the region is quiet. Once
rivalries begin to surface it becomes much more difficult to be
friends with everybody. When Nasser´s revolutionary resumed its
rivalry with revolutionary Iraq the Soviet Union had to choose
between two clients. No problems diplomacy currently faces a real
problem. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/06/12)
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