ERDOGAN ON CANCELLATION OF HIS VISIT TO ARGENTINA

Today's Zaman
May 31 2010
Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we had to do what
suit to Turkey's honor and we believe we did it," while commenting
on cancellation of his visit to Argentina.

Addressing the businessmen who joined his tour of South America,
Erdogan said, "visit to Argentina was planned before. Related
ministries of the two countries agreed to build a bust of Mustafa
Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, in Buenos
Aires. There were serious efforts by Armenian lobby in Buenos Aires
in the past 2-3 days and it was stated that there was around 200,000
Armenian population. The Armenians put an intensive pressure. There
is an autonomous administration there. The incident does not depend
on the central administration."

He said, "Argentine president called me and said they could not
change the situation there. We told her that it was impossible for
us to pay a visit to Argentina. They have offered us alternatives. We
made assessments and removed Argentina from the program."

Erdogan was scheduled to pay a two-day visit to Argentina on May 30
and 31. The bust of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of Turkey, would
be inaugurated at Jorge Newbury park during Erdogan's visit.




From: A. Papazian