Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT stated that Turkey has been trying to be at the forefront of the fight against international terrorism, “The fight against terrorism must be candid and extensive. There is no difference between FETÖ, PKK, PYD/YPG and DEAŞ. We strongly reject differentiation of terrorists like ‘the handy one is useful, the not handy one is unpractical’.
Şentop gave a speech at the opening ceremony and began his words by offering his condolences to the families of victims who were killed in a flood disaster in Irkutsk.
Şentop stated that the transition process which the world is going through brought along many threats and risks in various fields and pointed out the importance of diplomacy, dialogue and cooperation channels working more effectively than ever.
Şentop stated that Turkey is situated in such a critical geographical region and continued his words:
“Our immediate environment shelters several weaknesses. Issues caused by instability in our region pushes our borders through waves of terrorism and immigration. In such an environment, a determined foreign policy in the field and on the table is not an option for Turkey, it is a necessity.
As Turkey, we adopt an entrepreneurial and humane approach in our foreign policy. Our purpose is to help establish security, stability and welfare on international level in our immediate environment. Founding philosophy of the Turkish Republic is to ensure implementation of the principle ‘Peace in homeland, peace in the world.’”
Şentop emphasized that Turkey has been acting with a cooperative soul while conducting its bilateral relations with other countries and it has been diversifying its cooperation through different processes, “Regardless of distance, we do not consider our relations with other countries as each other’s alternatives, but rather as supplementary.”
Şentop mentioned that with 242 foreign missions, Turkey is the fifth country who has the largest representation network and underlined the fact that they have been working to find effective solutions to issues in the region with a cooperative attitude.
Şentop stated that they have been trying to improve the situation in Syria in the field through Astana meetings and they have been contributing to the goal of advancing the political process in support of the Geneva process.
Şentop reminded that during Turkey’s Term Presidency of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation two extraordinary summit meetings were held regarding the “Palestine” issue and that significant decisions were made, “The Palestine issue is a bleeding wound for our region and the world. We show our reaction explicitly to all initiatives which will harm the vision of a two state solution.”
Şentop indicated that terrorism means trouble for the whole world regardless of geographical regions and pointed out the fact that Turkey has been trying to be at the forefront of the fight against international terrorism.
Şentop emphasized the fact that they have to take concrete steps in order to mobilize the international community in the fight against terrorism, extremism and radicalism.
Şentop continued his words by stating the following:
“The fight against terrorism must be candid and extensive. There is no difference between FETÖ, PKK, PYD/YPG and DEAŞ. We strongly reject differentiation of terrorists like ‘the handy one is useful, the not handy one is unpractical’. We expect all our friends to act accordingly. When DEAŞ is in question, we believe that the arising voices should also arise for PKK, FETÖ and the others. As H.E. Volodin (Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the State Duma) has mentioned, we should be able to identify a common list of terrorist organizations objectively with a single standard criteria. We must reject in advance terrorist organizations to be used as policital instruments.”
Şentop stated that Turkey has been the voice and shelter of the oppressed, regardless of geographical regions.
Şentop reminded that Turkey is ranked in the first place in the world in terms of the ratio of humanitarian aid and national income and it is the country who hosts the highest number of refugees whereas it has provided protection for more than 3,6 million Syrians.
Şentop stated that international institutions, particularly the United Nations (UN) must serve for the benefit of all mankind not just for specific countries’.
In this concept, Şentop pointed out the importance of going through comprehensive reforms, “As our President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s principle in the context of UN Security Council states ‘The world is bigger than five’ clearly indicates this.”