DAVUTOGLU: FRANCE FED ON THE PAIN OF OTHERS TO ARRIVE AT WHERE IT IS TODAY

Today's Zaman
Dec 29 2011
Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has slammed French leaders
throughout history for "arriving at where they are today" through the
pain and sorrow of others, while he sent a veiled message to Armenians
that every pain is worthy of respect, as long as it is mutual.

"Do not engage in imperialist plans over the pain of others," Davutoglu
said to ex-colonizers, particularly France, as he spoke in Edirne
at a conference titled "From Balkan War to Balkan Peace," marking
the hundredth anniversary of the Balkan Wars. Davutoglu recalled the
events of 1915, saying that 1915 was the year Turks waged a battle on
multiple fronts against a large number of Western opponents and that
Gallipoli was one of the most profound of those fronts where Turkey
lost 250,000. "You did not suffer in 1915; the ones that suffered
were those 250,000 martyrs in Gallipoli," Davutoglu unleashed at
France for judging the events of 1915 from a one-sided perspective
that favored one side of history for "political benefits."

Addressing the French leader, Davutoglu noted that France became what
it is today "by making others suffer," and now "they are trying to
build history from the pain of others."

Also calling on the Armenians, Davutoglu repeated that all Armenians
were neighbors to Turks and have shared the same lands, and Turks
respect Armenians. "We share their pain if they respect our pain too,"
Davutoglu urged Armenia, noting one more time that "a fair memory"
would be the solution to the controversy surrounding the events of
1915 when large numbers of Armenians, estimated at somewhere between
hundreds of thousands to more than a million, were killed by Ottoman
Turks as they were sent away from their homelands to calm an armed
uprising, according to Turkish records. Davutoglu also noted that at
the time of the Zurich protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia, he
had prepared a speech calling on Armenia to contribute to "a collective
consciousness." At the time of the Swiss and US brokered ice-breaker
deal, speeches to be delivered by both sides were cancelled, and
although the protocols were signed, they have not been ratified by
either parliament so far.

With regards to the hundredth year of the Balkan Wars, Davutoglu also
announced "a peace manifesto," which would enable the Balkans to enjoy
peace after many years of pain and suffering in the region. He called
for a mutual vision among Balkan countries, as he said that prejudice
and keeping enmities alive would continue to harm the entire region.

He also suggested that both the Balkans and the Middle East were
remembered by their connection to bloodshed and wars, "as if it is the
responsibility of the people of the region," and recalled that none
of the wars in either region was started by the will of the people
who live there. "There has been a bad parenthesis [a pause in peace]
imbedded within the 20th century in the Balkans; now we want to close
it," he said with reference to the peaceful history of the Balkans,
disrupted only for a century by the intervention of foreign forces.

The foreign minister also bitterly touched on the EU, saying that
the bloc still hesitates on visa waivers, saying that the Balkan
neighbor cities now considered within the EU cannot be separated
from the Turkish ones across the border. "This wall will not hold,
it will collapse," Davutoglu said, referring to the borders of the EU
that are closed to Turkey since the country is not a member. Turkey
has been negotiating for years for membership, and it is the only
member candidate that does not benefit from a visa waiver that other
candidate countries enjoy with the EU.

The foreign minister also drew a comparison between Mustafa Kemal
Ataturk, the founder of modern day Turkey, and French President
Nicolas Sarkozy, saying that one leader excelled beyond the pain and
the other fed on the pain of others and kept it alive for the sake of
its benefit. He voiced the possibility that Turks could have held on
to their pain suffered on the Western front and held Greeks as eternal
enemies, but they rather held a hand out to the Greeks and made their
peace. On the Western front, Greek forces, one of the Allies during
World War I, waged a war against Turks to break through the Western
front to penetrate ─░stanbul under the command of the British forces.

Around the same time, ANZAC forces -- mainly Australian and New Zealand
-- landed at Gallipoli, but Turks were able to defend the Western
front. The Turkish victory fostered the country's self-confidence and
enabled the establishment of modern day Turkey, but the country was
nevertheless defeated along with the Central Powers, led by Germany.
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Today's Zaman, Turkey
Dec 29 2011


Davuto─?lu: France fed on the pain of others to arrive at where it is today


29 December 2011 / EDIRNE, CEREN KUMOVA/SERVET YANATMA

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto─?lu has slammed French leaders
throughout history for Ô??arriving at where they are todayÔ?? through the
pain and sorrow of others, while he sent a veiled message to Armenians
that every pain is worthy of respect, as long as it is mutual.

Ô??Do not engage in imperialist plans over the pain of others,Ô??
Davuto─?lu said to ex-colonizers, particularly France, as he spoke in
Edirne at a conference titled Ô??From Balkan War to Balkan Peace,Ô??
marking the hundredth anniversary of the Balkan Wars. Davuto─?lu
recalled the events of 1915, saying that 1915 was the year Turks waged
a battle on multiple fronts against a large number of Western
opponents and that Gallipoli was one of the most profound of those
fronts where Turkey lost 250,000. Ô??You did not suffer in 1915; the
ones that suffered were those 250,000 martyrs in Gallipoli,Ô?? Davuto─?lu
unleashed at France for judging the events of 1915 from a one-sided
perspective that favored one side of history for Ô??political benefits.Ô??
Addressing the French leader, Davuto─?lu noted that France became what
it is today Ô??by making others suffer,Ô?? and now Ô??they are trying to
build history from the pain of others.Ô??

Also calling on the Armenians, Davuto─?lu repeated that all Armenians
were neighbors to Turks and have shared the same lands, and Turks
respect Armenians. Ô??We share their pain if they respect our pain too,Ô??
Davuto─?lu urged Armenia, noting one more time that Ô??a fair memoryÔ??
would be the solution to the controversy surrounding the events of
1915 when large numbers of Armenians, estimated at somewhere between
hundreds of thousands to more than a million, were killed by Ottoman
Turks as they were sent away from their homelands to calm an armed
uprising, according to Turkish records. Davuto─?lu also noted that at
the time of the Zurich protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia, he
had prepared a speech calling on Armenia to contribute to Ô??a
collective consciousness.Ô?? At the time of the Swiss and US brokered
ice-breaker deal, speeches to be delivered by both sides were
cancelled, and although the protocols were signed, they have not been
ratified by either parliament so far.

With regards to the hundredth year of the Balkan Wars, Davuto─?lu also
announced Ô??a peace manifesto,Ô?? which would enable the Balkans to enjoy
peace after many years of pain and suffering in the region. He called
for a mutual vision among Balkan countries, as he said that prejudice
and keeping enmities alive would continue to harm the entire region.
He also suggested that both the Balkans and the Middle East were
remembered by their connection to bloodshed and wars, Ô??as if it is the
responsibility of the people of the region,Ô?? and recalled that none of
the wars in either region was started by the will of the people who
live there. Ô??There has been a bad parenthesis [a pause in peace]
imbedded within the 20th century in the Balkans; now we want to close
it,Ô?? he said with reference to the peaceful history of the Balkans,
disrupted only for a century by the intervention of foreign forces.

The foreign minister also bitterly touched on the EU, saying that the
bloc still hesitates on visa waivers, saying that the Balkan neighbor
cities now considered within the EU cannot be separated from the
Turkish ones across the border. Ô??This wall will not hold, it will
collapse,Ô?? Davuto─?lu said, referring to the borders of the EU that are
closed to Turkey since the country is not a member. Turkey has been
negotiating for years for membership, and it is the only member
candidate that does not benefit from a visa waiver that other
candidate countries enjoy with the EU.

The foreign minister also drew a comparison between Mustafa Kemal
Atat├╝rk, the founder of modern day Turkey, and French President
Nicolas Sarkozy, saying that one leader excelled beyond the pain and
the other fed on the pain of others and kept it alive for the sake of
its benefit. He voiced the possibility that Turks could have held on
to their pain suffered on the Western front and held Greeks as eternal
enemies, but they rather held a hand out to the Greeks and made their
peace. On the Western front, Greek forces, one of the Allies during
World War I, waged a war against Turks to break through the Western
front to penetrate ─░stanbul under the command of the British forces.
Around the same time, ANZAC forces -- mainly Australian and New
Zealand -- landed at Gallipoli, but Turks were able to defend the
Western front. The Turkish victory fostered the country's
self-confidence and enabled the establishment of modern day Turkey,
but the country was nevertheless defeated along with the Central
Powers, led by Germany.