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Turquía: qué significan 60 años en la OTAN

Turkey: what 60 years in NATO means

How is NATO seen in Turkey?

I think, it’s my opinion,

that Turkey needs NATO

and if you look to the public,

I think the young generation

doesn’t know too much about NATO

and what kind of things it is doing.

For Turkish people I don’t think

that NATO is a top priority at all.

There are many other subjects

that people are worried about.

The fight against the terrorist

organisation PKK is one of them.

Relations with NATO is

not something that people…

a person in the street

could answer you easily.

The Turkish population views

Turkey’s role within NATO

as being rather insignificant.

And therefore there is a perception

that NATO policy

is essentially dictated,

implemented

by other powers than Turkey.

Now that does not reflect reality.

However, we have

both on the Turkish side,

but possibly on the NATO side

as well, we have not been able

to fully address this concern.

Whereas today

the situation is vastly different.

Turkey plays a much more

constructive role within NATO.

How have Turkey’s

foreign policy priorities changed?

There is a big turbulence

in the Middle East,

where Turkey wants to play

a bigger role than ever, than before.

If we take Iran, Syria…

We could also take Iraq,

Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan -

these are the countries where

we can talk about Turkey’s role.

If we go back to the 1960s, 1970s,

Turkey was not warmly

welcomed by Arab countries at all,

because Turkey was a little bit

distant to these countries.

This government is…

follows more pro-Islamic policies,

pro-Arab countries policies

when it comes

to relations with them.

How important has NATO been

in the Turkey-Greece relationships?

If we go back to the Cyprus issue,

the United States and NATO

a little bit limited

Turkish actions in Cyprus.

So I believe

it is not directly connected,

but it saved the two countries’

relations so that we don’t have,

if we go back

to our independence war,

and haven’t had, since then,

any military clash between us.

And some credit should go

to NATO as well, I believe.

The solution will not be close.

That’s why the relationships

between us

will go up and down again.

But of course the people

who are living in Greece and Turkey,

we don’t have any problems.

The politicians, they want something

and others want something else.

And that’s why I don’t think

that a solution will be close.

How do you see the future

of Turkey’s relationship with NATO?

If these obstacles remain on

Turkey’s path towards membership,

EU membership that is to say,

Turkish policymakers

will be even more intent

on consolidating

their presence within NATO

because then NATO

will remain almost the sole platform

for Turkish policymakers where

there is a transatlantic agenda set.

Turkey: what 60 years in NATO means

How is NATO seen in Turkey?

I think, it’s my opinion,

that Turkey needs NATO

and if you look to the public,

I think the young generation

doesn’t know too much about NATO

and what kind of things it is doing.

For Turkish people I don’t think

that NATO is a top priority at all.

There are many other subjects

that people are worried about.

The fight against the terrorist

organisation PKK is one of them.

Relations with NATO is

not something that people…

a person in the street

could answer you easily.

The Turkish population views

Turkey’s role within NATO

as being rather insignificant.

And therefore there is a perception

that NATO policy

is essentially dictated,

implemented

by other powers than Turkey.

Now that does not reflect reality.

However, we have

both on the Turkish side,

but possibly on the NATO side

as well, we have not been able

to fully address this concern.

Whereas today

the situation is vastly different.

Turkey plays a much more

constructive role within NATO.

How have Turkey’s

foreign policy priorities changed?

There is a big turbulence

in the Middle East,

where Turkey wants to play

a bigger role than ever, than before.

If we take Iran, Syria…

We could also take Iraq,

Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan -

these are the countries where

we can talk about Turkey’s role.

If we go back to the 1960s, 1970s,

Turkey was not warmly

welcomed by Arab countries at all,

because Turkey was a little bit

distant to these countries.

This government is…

follows more pro-Islamic policies,

pro-Arab countries policies

when it comes

to relations with them.

How important has NATO been

in the Turkey-Greece relationships?

If we go back to the Cyprus issue,

the United States and NATO

a little bit limited

Turkish actions in Cyprus.

So I believe

it is not directly connected,

but it saved the two countries’

relations so that we don’t have,

if we go back

to our independence war,

and haven’t had, since then,

any military clash between us.

And some credit should go

to NATO as well, I believe.

The solution will not be close.

That’s why the relationships

between us

will go up and down again.

But of course the people

who are living in Greece and Turkey,

we don’t have any problems.

The politicians, they want something

and others want something else.

And that’s why I don’t think

that a solution will be close.

How do you see the future

of Turkey’s relationship with NATO?

If these obstacles remain on

Turkey’s path towards membership,

EU membership that is to say,

Turkish policymakers

will be even more intent

on consolidating

their presence within NATO

because then NATO

will remain almost the sole platform

for Turkish policymakers where

there is a transatlantic agenda set.

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senador estadounidense, 2006.
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