|"We are trying to fulfill our responsibility to urge the parties to find a diplomatic solution with common sense. We say that NOBODY SHOULD SEEK TO BENEFIT AT THE COST OF OTHERS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. There can be no gain from conflict. Harming peace and stability in the Caucasus, in a way to incite deep conflicts, will have serious results for global peace and stability. We call on all parties to avoid a hostile power struggle in which everyone will more or less lose and have to pay a price; instead, we are calling for a competition based on CO-OPERATION, FROM WHICH ALL CAN BENEFIT."|
|Turkmeneli TV (April 22, 2008)
"Not a day must be lost in setting up the Turkish-Islamic Union. This will be to everyone's advantage, and will disadvantage neither NATO nor the European Union. IT IS TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE WHOLE WORLD. CHINA WILL BENEFIT, AND RUSSIA, especially Russia. THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL BENEFIT AND AMERICA WILL BECOME RICH AND POWERFUL. THERE ARE GREAT ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS IN ALL REGARDS. But Turkish leadership seems absolutely essential."
Vatan TV (January 12, 2008)
“This is all to their advantage. Such a union would permit Israel in particular to relax. Palestine would relax. And Armenia, and the economy would be reinvigorated. CIVILIZATION WOULD SPRING UP AGAIN, AND THE WHOLE REGION WOULD ENJOY STABILITY. Africa would enjoy an improved position. This chaos, oppression and suffering would come to a complete end.”
Asia FRA Radio (June 14,2008)
“If China wishes to trade, by all means let it do so. ... What is it that China wants? What is its interest? If it’s seeking an interest, this could be trade. So let’s do it, let East Turkestan trade with China. If it wants to engage in exploitation, that is totally unacceptable. What’s the point in keeping a country captive? What does China want from East Turkestan, and what will it gain by keeping it captive? How can keeping it captive make China happy? What joy can that bring it? Is that a triumph? … Let the people there go to mosques and factories in freedom. Let them converse together and share the joy of a festival. China must now perform a good deed there. The time has come. It must come forward. The whole world will love China when it says: ‘We made a mistake. This country is one deserving of independence. There was no need for us to interfere in it. There was no point and no logic to it. This is no longer tolerable in the 21st century. We are withdrawing our troops. We are lifting our political pressure. We declare it to be a free state.’ Everyone will respect it. China must perform this good deed.”
Kaçkar TV (February 2, 2008)
"But Anatolia is not like that. For example, they will go hungry themselves in order to feed their guests, and will give them the finest beds to sleep in. They will be cold so that their guests can sleep in the warm. But you cannot find such elevated moral values anywhere else in the world. Egoism and selfishness are the order of the day everywhere else. These moral virtues need to prevail across the world. That is only possible through the Turkish-Islamic Union and through Turkey playing the role of leader and older brother in the region. In that event, there will be no more terror or suffering or anything else. Armenia will benefit, Israel will benefit, Palestine will benefit, Egypt will benefit, Iran will benefit, America will benefit and Europe will benefit. Europe will grow richer and America will become richer. This union will bring a magnificent peace to the world. This is an urgent need, and is not a claim to any racial superiority. It is a claim based on the superiority of love and moral virtue. It is a wish to bring greater moral virtue to the region."
|In his 'Address to the Nation' the prime minister issued a call to the super powers: War benefits nobody
Erdogan called for stability for the Caucasus, which turned into a battleground for Russia and the USA, and for co-operation for all.
Erdogan said: "… We say that nobody should seek to benefit at the cost of others in international relations. There can be no gain from conflict. Harming peace and stability in the Caucasus, in a way to incite deep conflicts, will have serious results for global peace and stability. … we are calling for a competition based on co-operation, from which all can benefit…"
|It is essential that Montreux should not be violated
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said there was nothing to be gained from conflict, and warned that harming peace in the Caucasus would have serious results for global peace and stability.
Nobody will gain
Nobody should seek to benefit at the cost of others in international relations. … we are calling for a competition based on co-operation, from which all can benefit…