ANKARA—An election manifesto unveiled Saturday by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) does not prioritize Turkey’s relations with Armenia and Israel, reported Today’s Zaman.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose AKP party is expected to win a third term in the upcoming June 12 elections, unveiled the manifesto, which he called “the AKP manifesto for 2023.”
The document summarizes strategy with respect to countries both in its neighborhood and beyond. But the document makes no mention of relations with Armenia and Israel, nor does it propose ways to restore ties with its neighbor and the Jewish State.
The document says Armenia’s so-called unconstructive approaches prevented Turkey from coming to a desired point in the normalization process Armenia.
“Our position with respect to the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and genocide allegations is clear. The AK Party will not allow any solution that is not based on fairness and justice to be imposed on Turkey. With regard to reciprocal and simultaneous steps for a solution, Turkey will not refrain from doing what it needs to do,” said the document.
On the other hand, the AKP stressed that developments in Turkish-Russian relations present new cooperative opportunities from the Caucasus to Central Asia.
Saying that the Caucasus has a direct border with Turkey, the document says the region has a special importance for Turkey, adding that maintaining peace and stability in the Caucasus is a strategic priority for Turkey.
“In this framework, improving relations with Caucasus countries and continuation of the normalization process is one of the most fundamental goals of the AK Party government,” the document emphasized.
Recalling the Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform, which Turkey proposed in 2008 after the August war between Georgia and Russia, the document says similar steps contributed to reducing tensions and conflicts in the region.
The AK Party promised that it will continue to consistently and effectively implement its active foreign policy to make the south Caucasus a region of peace, stability and prosperity.
“Our goal is to establish a strategic environment based on cooperation and trust among all Caucasus countries and minimize the problems,” the document states.