Turkey remains loyal supporter of Macedonia for NATO-EU membership, name issue – Ambassador June 7, 2010Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey.
Tags: Arslan Hakan Okçal, Macedonia, NATO, Turkey
Turkey remains a loyal supporter of the Republic of Macedonia considering NATO, EU membership and the name row because the country advocates that not only Macedonia, but any other country has the right to be called as it wishes.
This was stated Thursday by outgoing Turkish Ambassador Arslan Hakan Okçal at a session of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
According to Okçal, countries are not appreciated for their size, but for their international role. – Turkey believes in the role of Macedonia in the Balkans and in Europe, he noted.
The Turkish Ambassador, in his farewell address, also presented details involving Monday’s incident with the Gaza-bound humanitarian convoy which was attacked in the Mediterranean Sea. He referred to all the diplomatic measures taken by Turkey and the declarations of UN and other international bodies that had condemned the incident and had appealed unbiased probe into the tragedy to be launched. According to him, Turkey’s Government and Parliament would decide on possible change of its foreign policy towards Israel.
On its part, Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee concluded that human rights conventions must be observed, condemning any form of violence. It urged states to choose dialogue, as means for solving issues. Regret was expressed for the incident, which claimed lives and affected world peace and it was appealed for unbiased investigation into the circumstances which led to the incident and opening of aid flow to Gaza.