Tuesday, June 29, 2004


We want Chiwawas

I always thought our policy of trying to get the Americans to call for EU accession at every chance they get was amateurish and counterproductive. Milliyet quotes Bush as saying: "If it was me, I'd accept Turkey into the EU" (yeah right), to which Chirac angrily responds "Do we tell you how to act toward Mexico?"

Maybe at some point we will defeat the desperation and hysteria. Who knows maybe we will get beyond our myopic EU focus. For now, yo querio taco bell.

Meanwhile, Milliyet also reports that Foreign Minister Gul is taking steps to act as mediator between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This goes with my guess that Turkey is trying to dodge the genocide issue by moving to open borders with Armenia before December.

However, Blogrel points out that Erdogan believes it is "impossible" to go foward while genocide recognition by the Armenian Diaspora is insisted upon. But it has been reported earlier by some that Armenia itself does not see recognition as a prerequisite to opening borders. If it is impossible for us to accept the genocide, then Turkey must think it is impossible for the EU to insist on the issue. And whatever the probability of that is, it is far from "impossible". And rightly so.


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