Turkey blames Europe for "visa walls" against Turks

14:42, March 08, 2011      

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a verbal attack Monday on Europe for trying to build "visa walls" against Turkish citizens.

"While we are trying to open up to the whole world, Europe is busy putting up visa walls against us," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu made the statement at the 25th conference of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which was hosted by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace.

"Those who try to build walls in today's moving world will lose eventually. If EU tries to build a visa wall in Turkey's northwest, it will definitely be the party that loses power and prestige," Davutoglu said, adding that "our friends in Europe" will understand this soon enough.

Davutoglu also criticized international organizations such as the United Nations. "The structure that has arisen after the World War II, particularly the United Nations, cannot meet the needs of the world anymore," he said.

"We need a new understanding for the UN. We have to activate a UN mission that represents the whole world, not the winners of the World War II only," he added.

Davutoglu said the economic order had changed and certain economic organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, needed restructuring as well.

"This means we need a new economic order. G20 is a prevailing structure in that aspect nowadays. As a G20 member, Turkey is eager to act as the pioneering force behind this new economic order," he said.

Describing Turkey as one of the rising powers in the world, Davutoglu said the developed countries and established economic centers such as the European Union (EU) and the United States should not ignore the underdeveloped countries.

"Otherwise, peace cannot be established in the world. We have to find answers to the needs of the 49 least developed countries," he said.

Davutoglu noted that the Asia-Pacific region could make major political and economic contributions to the world, and it was essential for Turkey to open up to the region to accommodate changing world dynamics.

Addressing delegates to the conference, Davutoglu entrusted businessmen with the task of opening Turkey up to the region, saying it was "necessary for businessmen to read these changes as well as politicians."

The Turkish government had set a goal of two trillion U.S. dollars of foreign trade volume by 2023, and the businessmen were key in attaining this goal, Davutoglu said, adding that "our strength comes from their strength."

The CACCI conference brought together nearly 400 representatives of various chambers of commerce from Asia and Australia.

Source: Xinhua

 
 
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