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5 April 2012 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH WIRES,

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed Iran after Tehran proposed Baghdad and China as venue for a new round of nuclear talks with world powers, instead of İstanbul, saying Tehran is not being honest.

Erdoğan told reporters on Thursday that Iran’s proposal for a new venue was an untenable demand that would sabotage the planned talks. "The offer going round at the moment, Damascus or Baghdad, is a waste of time, it means it won't happen, because they know the other side won't come to Damascus or Baghdad," Erdoğan told a news conference in Ankara.

“[Iran] needs to be honest,” Erdoğan said, adding that they are constantly losing prestige in the world by not being honest.

Turkish prime minister also added that Iran’s language is not a diplomatic one and that speaking in that language would not fit to his ethics.

Iran has balked at having the negotiations in İstanbul because of Turkey's escalating pressure on the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally.

Head of the parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Thursday that he supported Baghdad as a venue, one of several alternative sites floated by Iran in recent days. Iraq's Shiite-led government has long-standing ties with Iran, and other sites mentioned by Iran - Syria, Lebanon or China - are also allies of Tehran.

Western officials have complained about Iran bargaining over the venue for this month's planned talks with world powers.

Earlier this week, Clinton said the talks would take place in İstanbul. Western officials have remained committed to Turkey as the host, although possible alternatives could be Switzerland or Vienna, the site of the UN nuclear watchdog agency. European envoys have taken the lead in trying to work out a location for the talks.

The last attempt at talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions quickly collapsed 14 months ago after Iran refused proposals that included freezing its uranium enrichment in exchange for delivery of reactor-ready fuel from outside the country. The West and others fear Iran could use its ability to make nuclear fuel to eventually develop atomic weapons. Iran says it only seeks reactors for energy and medical research.

After Erdoğan's comments it would appear even more unlikely the talks will be held in İstanbul, and the lack of a venue could throw into question whether the negotiations will take place at all.

"This meeting is not something that will win us any prestige and we are not after any such prestige. Iran would be the winners with us here. Why? Because we would put forward for them a just approach," Erdoğan said.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe suggested that the talks would still happen however.



"It's 13/14 April," he told a briefing in Paris on Thursday morning. "As for the location there are still discussions ... we will eventually find a location."

Tensions between neighbors Turkey and Iran rose this week after a senior Iranian figure spoke out against Turkey hosting the nuclear talks following the meeting in İstanbul on Sunday of the "Friends of Syria" group of countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iran's close Arab ally.

Attending talks in Turkey's biggest city could have been embarrassing for Iranian leaders so soon after the "Friends of Syria" meeting, which brought together more than 70 nations demanding stronger sanctions to pressure Assad to accept UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan or step down.

The spat with Iran is a setback for Turkey's attempts to play the role of honest broker in Tehran's dispute over its nuclear program, which the West sees as a veiled attempt to attain a nuclear weapons capability.

The issue is also likely to be personal for Erdoğan, who travelled to Iran as recently as last week and met President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and also had a rare audience with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Erdoğan returned to Turkey saying he had received assurances from both that their nuclear program is purely civilian and said he had no reason to doubt their sincerity.

But Erdoğan's vocal opposition to Assad, another former friend and ally, and Turkey's hosting of the Syrian opposition and international meetings of nations opposed to the Damascus government has set Turkey and Iran, two of the region's most biggest military powers, at odds with one another.

Turkey for decades kept its distance from the machinations of Middle East diplomacy. But under Erdoğan's conservative government it has sought to engage with its eastern backyard and project its influence as the region's most developed and successful economy.

The move has dragged Turkey into the region's complex political web however and left Ankara's policy of "zero problems with the neighbors" in shreds, at least as far as the Middle East is concerned, with ties fraught with Syria, Iran and the Baghdad government, and good relations only with Iraq's Kurds.


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Leader's decree forbidding nuclear weapons won't be disobeyed: Turkey
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
Thu Apr 5, 2012 6:27PM GMT

The Turkish foreign minister says there is no possibility that the religious decree of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei forbidding the possession and use of nuclear weapons might be disobeyed in Iran.


Since the fatwa (decree) against the possession and pursuit of nuclear weapons has been issued by Velayat-e Faqih (Rule by the Just Jurisprudent), it is binding; and observing it is a religious obligation, Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with the Turkish Kanal D television channel.

On February 22, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Iranian nation has never sought and will never seek nuclear weapons as it has the capacity to challenge the nuclear-backed influence such powers rely on.

“There is no doubt that the decision makers in the countries opposing us know well that Iran is not after nuclear weapons because the Islamic Republic, logically, religiously and theoretically, considers the possession of nuclear weapons a grave sin and believes the proliferation of such weapons is senseless, destructive and dangerous,” the Leader said.

Davutoglu said that if the Western powers are really interested in interacting with the Middle Eastern states, they should deepen their understanding of religious discourse, adding that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously instructed US President Barack Obama on the issue.

The Turkish foreign minister also said the Iranian nuclear engineers and diplomats will never embark on a nuclear weapons program as this is not only a political mistake but also religious disobedience.

Davutoglu noted that the lack of mutual trust and diplomatic resolve are the two chief reasons impeding progress on Iran’s nuclear issue and echoed earlier remarks made by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi that finding a solution to the standoff is not a very difficult task.

He said Turkey fully supports Iran’s right to a nuclear energy program, adding that Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can allay any Western concern in this regard.

The Turkish official also criticized the global indifference to the Israeli threats of military aggression against the Islamic Republic over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian purposes in its nuclear energy program.

Iran, a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), refutes the allegations, saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful in nature.
 

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I love my Turkish brothers but I must say this kind of comment is not unexpected from a member of Nato

and this kind of comment isn't unexpected from Iranian leadership.

what are you going to achieve in Baghdad or war thorn Damascus? what is Iran trying to achieve by moving the talks to countries where the security is as low and bad?

they don't do anything other than just pissing people off. it is obviously clear what Iran is doing here...

day by day i wonder why we even show support to them when they just do things like this.
 

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and this kind of comment isn't unexpected from Iranian leadership.

what are you going to achieve in Baghdad or war thorn Damascus? what is Iran trying to achieve by moving the talks to countries where the security is as low and bad?

they don't do anything other than just pissing people off. it is obviously clear what Iran is doing here...

day by day i wonder why we even show support to them when they just do things like this.

Silko mate please don't go there. You are members of Nato that is a fact. Nato entitles you to a lot and we do not begrudge your fortune. Nato is dictated to by America. Aipac dictates to America which receives instructions from Israel. Never in our wildest dreams no matter how much we respect you as our Muslim brothers do we expect you to back a Muslim country over Nato
 

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and this kind of comment isn't unexpected from Iranian leadership.

what are you going to achieve in Baghdad or war thorn Damascus? what is Iran trying to achieve by moving the talks to countries where the security is as low and bad?

they don't do anything other than just pissing people off. it is obviously clear what Iran is doing here...

day by day i wonder why we even show support to them when they just do things like this.

Well Pakistan was not left very impressed with Turks holding of the Afghan talks at the regional conference but that's a bit off topic. But your govt did upset some in Islamabad
 

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Silko mate please don't go there. You are members of Nato that is a fact. Nato entitles you to a lot and we do not begrudge your fortune. Nato is dictated to by America. Aipac dictates to America which receives instructions from Israel. Never in our wildest dreams no matter how much we respect you as our Muslim brothers do we expect you to back a Muslim country over Nato

i'm not going to discuss the conspiracy of NATO being ruled by jews or something.

we are not dictated by NATO as shown several times in our history...

we have as a neighbour tried to reach Irans hand out to the world when even it's "ally" Russia didn't.

answer me this, what will they achieve in Baghdad or Beijing? except trolling i don't see anything new from the Iranian leadership. i don't understand why we even bother trying to help them. let it be done then... tell them that we support USA and end all governmental level of contact.

not so hard after years of Irani leaderships stupidity...

Well Pakistan was not left very impressed with Turks holding of the Afghan talks at the regional conference but that's a bit off topic. But your govt did upset some in Islamabad

i think it has more to do with the situation at that time. Pakistanis didn't really like Karzai and Turkey trying to fix it was annoying for them.
 

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Until yesterday,Erdogan was saying Iran's program is absolutely peaceful and that Turkey supports Iran at best.Now that Iran chose somewhere other than Istanbul,we are not honest?
Erdogan is very angry it's obvious.But who said Iran and Turkey should agree on everything?


Having done a lot of business with Iranians I say honesty and Iranians together is a big joke to even think about. :lol:

Mr 'double personality',What businesses have you done with Iranians?Because as i know,we don't do business with people like you.

i don't understand what you mean by "own business".

i don't know if you have realized this, but Iran is our neighbour, not Chinas or Syrias.

this is our business, since the Iranian nuclear program is a threat to our security to.

Your security?So you are suddenly worried about security?Isn't Nato nuclear bombs in Turkey a threat to our security?Or Nato air defense system?Stop the hypocrisy.
 

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Why can't these Turks learn to mind their own business and stop shoving their nose into every matter.

i don't understand what you mean by "own business".

i don't know if you have realized this, but Iran is our neighbour, not Chinas or Syrias.

this is our business, since the Iranian nuclear program is a threat to our security to.
 

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