The Symposium on "International Maritime Law and Eastern Mediterranean Symposium in terms of History, Politics and International Relations" hosted by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and organized by Istanbul University and Marmara University, was held with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Speaker of GNAT, Prof. Mustafa Şentop. 28.09.2020

Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, delivered a speech at the opening of the "International Maritime Law and Eastern Mediterranean Symposium in terms of History, Politics and International Relations" held at the Dolmabahçe Office of the Presidency.

Şentop stated that in the symposium organized by Istanbul University and Marmara University under the auspices of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, many distinguished academicians and experts in their fields will discuss many international law and political issues in depth under the title of International Maritime Law and the Eastern Mediterranean, and their ideas put forward will contribute to Turkey's theses and will add power.

Stating that it is not possible to understand and present it independently from other problems and titles, no matter what topic is discussed in international relations, Şentop said, "Especially with our globalizing new world, the problems have become globalized. In this context, we must put forth our interest in influencing and shaping the events and processes with all the care and trouble to understand our common values, predictions about the future of Turkey."

Mustafa Şentop underlined that the events that started with the attacks on the brotherly Azerbaijan by the terrorist gangs administered by Armenia on the morning of September 26 were directly relevant to the conflict of interests and Turkey’s stance and existence in the Eastern Mediterranean  and noted the following:

"First of all, I remember with mercy all our brothers who were martyred in the Armenian attacks and I pray to our injured people for urgent healing from God Almighty. The whole world, especially Armenia, those who share in state terror need to know; Azerbaijan is not only a friendly country and a neighboring region for Turkey. It is also the geography of the heart, the geography of destiny, the geography of partner countries and goals.”

Stressing that counting every attack against the friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan is an attack against Turkey is not a hollow heroism continued as “ One nation two states which is the word we mention frequently in Azerbaijan and Turkey is not a song. Turkey is always with Azerbaijan with all the material and spiritual strength and power. It will always continue to stand by Azerbaijan without hesitating for a moment.”

Pointing out that immediately after the Armenian attacks, a tremendous sensitivity emerged in Turkey and as an expression of the blessed memory of the Turkish nation, common history, values ​​and consciousness he sees it as his duty as the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey to express that.

Şentop also stated that “International institutions and organizations act with the intention of making the problems in the world unsolved and keeping them aside, ready to exploit when the conflict comes. The Nagorno-Karabakh problem is the clearest example of this. The problem-solving capabilities of international institutions and organizations that cannot fulfill their duties have been discussed for a long time. However, the existence of the will of these institutions and organizations to solve problems should be discussed. This unjust international order established after the Second World War is essentially bankrupt. The announcement of this bankruptcy took place many years ago. Not every new international problem expresses any truth other than this re-declaration of bankruptcy. Today, we see the manifestations of this biased and unjust perspective in the events that emerged in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the epidemic that swept the world, the European Union has failed the test where the strong survive, the weak are left to their fate.

Şentop said that the countries, which acted with the ugly habits of the old world, claim to have a say in the reshaped region and the future of the Eastern Mediterranean, continued his speech as follows:

“Undoubtedly, it is a desirable attitude to work, endeavor and negotiate with approaches that respect the rights and laws of nations and states that are well-intentioned and respectful to international law and agreements that aim to establish peace. However, it is not possible to act without seeing and showing these facts. France, which accepts the thesis in the English Channel conflict, advocates the opposite in the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, which has no interest in it. It is not possible to operate international law with these insincere and hypocritical approaches. We watch France with a little astonished mood and  with a smile today because he is in a lack of understanding the changing world who claims rights and has an eye everywhere there is a material and economic value from Syria to Lebanon, from Lebanon to North and Central Africa and to the scarttered islands in Madagascar.”

Speaker Şentop underlined that colonialism is not a matter of intent and action, but a matter of character, not of power, but of morality and conscience.

Şentop stated that they witnessed that some small countries living with the aids and charities of the West, which are struggling with severe economic problems today, are used as hitmen and said, "The governments of these needy and insufficient countries are used to keep the regional conflicts alive and to bleed the old wounds. We also need to point out the attitudes of some puppet states that act as political agents of some Western states and do not represent their people, which pose a threat to world and regional peace. It is not possible to accept the attitudes carried out by these cyclical political actors as an example of a well-intentioned and respectful approach to law. It should be noted that the main problem in the international arena is not in institutional structures, methods and approaches used, but in mentalities. "

Şentop said that in the unjust world order established after the Second World War, some countries have only rights and interests and some countries have only duties and obligations, and that this strange and unfair order has continued for many years, but now the world has changed, the parameters that created this unjust order have collapsed, he stated that they saw that some countries were delayed in accepting this reality.

Mustafa Şentop, pointing out that every state and every nation has duties and obligations as well as rights and interests in the international order, he said that "A world where this fair thesis will prevail is not far. The profound economic imbalances in the world and the disproportionate differences between material forces should not make us think that the formation of a just order is far from. The great and shocking changes in the balance of the population in the world, the population movements associated with this, the obvious cruel attitudes of the West that can no longer be hidden from the eyes, the double standards and the great disappointments, anger and hatred they cause in the non-Western world, make us hear the footsteps of great change. "

Emphasizing that the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic clearly shows that it is happening in a fully globalized world, Şentop continued as follows:

"Not only money and economic assets have become globalized. At the same time, human movements, cultures, problems and diseases have also become global. The virus is global. Of course, happiness, peace, unhappiness and unrest will also be global. If we are not in peace, none of us will be able to be in peace and security in such a global World. We have to grasp this fact and strive for the establishment of a fair order that respects the rights and laws in order to ensure peace, security and minimum life standard in the world."