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Turkey respects China's sovereignty, territorial integrity
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10:38, August 13, 2009

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Murat Salim Esenli, the Turkish ambassador to China, said in an interview on August 11 that the July 5 incident in Urumqi was incited by some domestic and foreign forces with ulterior motives and Turkey fully respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

At the invitation of the People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a delegation comprised of over 20 diplomats from various countries to China, arrived in Urumqi on the afternoon of August 10. Esenli, a member of the delegation, accepted an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency during the visit.

Esenli said Turkey's understanding of the July 5 incident consists of three main points. Firstly, the incident was purely China's internal affair; secondly, Turkey fully respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity; thirdly, Turkey supports the Chinese government's move to bring criminals to justice.

He added that he hopes the Chinese judicial authorities will conduct transparent and fair trials of suspects in accordance with legal proceedings.

Although Esenli became the ambassador to China as recently as March 2009, he has visited Xinjiang more than once. As early as the end of June, Esenli accompanied Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Urumqi during his visit to China. Esenli said the visit was very successful and that they were very impressed with the harmonious atmosphere in Urumqi and Xinjiang.

Esenli added that the July 5 incident was carefully plotted by some domestic and foreign forces that were looking for an excuse to smear Xinjiang's good image. In addition, some people have been affected by distorted reports by some western media agencies, but the fact is that many innocent civilians, including children, were cruelly murdered.

Faced with the threat of the three forces of "terrorism, separatism and extremism," Esenli believes that international communities should strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation. He said that in fact, the three forces have become a problem that most countries in the world including China and Turkey, are facing; no country can solve this problem alone, and strengthening anti-terrorism cooperation has become an urgent priority.

In terms of cooperation between China and Turkey, Esenli believes that the two countries share a bright future and have many areas of cooperation thanks to their own unique advantages. He said that China and Turkey have great potential for cooperation and can enhance this in many areas.

Esenli believes that with China boasting abundant products, and Turkey which connects Europe and Asia, enjoying a prominent geographical location, Turkey is an important gateway for the transportation of Chinese goods to Europe. In addition, he believes that China and Turkey can strengthen cooperation in sectors including infrastructure, science and technology, finance, tourism, culture and energy. He added that integrating the respective strengths of the two countries is beneficial to people of both sides.

By People's Daily Online

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