EGF Turkey File, July 2012

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

  • Syria is in the grips of a full fledged civil war, with opposition forces assassinating the country"s minister of defense and other high ranking officials in a Damascus meeting of senior regime officials.
  • Fighting has escalated near the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkish military units are being deployed as a precaution, especially in light of reports of PKK forces seizing portions of northern Syria.
  • Oil exports from the Kurdish region of Iraq to Turkey continues to draw the ire of government officials in Baghdad. However, despite the disputes, cooperation on projects will likely continue.
  • Azerbaijan"s energy minister weighed into the NABUCCO West Vs TAP debate, saying the former was the best option for delivering Shah Deniz gas to Europe.

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