EGF Turkey File, August 2012

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Insights into Turkish Domestic and International Politics during August 2012
Key Points:

  • Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leads the Turkish effort at the Security Council to establish buffer zones in northern Syria.
  • Fears of the PKK"s resurgence in Syria are played up by opposition parties to undermine an already fragile AKP position.
  • Relations between Iran and Turkey remain cool after the kidnapping of 48 Iranians in Syria by rebel forces.
  • Egyptian President Mursi will propose a four power meeting over Syria between his country, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
  • Turkey continues to court the KRG of Iraq, with the foreign minister"s visit to Kirkuk infuriating Baghdad.

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