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Chirac Says France Would Protect Turkey in War (France is playing games again)
Reuters ^ | Februari 12 2003

Posted on 02/12/2003 4:00:57 PM PST by knighthawk

PARIS (Reuters) - France assured Turkey Wednesday that it would help defend it if there was a war in neighboring Iraq, even though Paris vetoed NATO defense planning proposals this week.

French President Jacques Chirac telephoned Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to pledge support and protection in the event of war, his spokeswoman said.

"Chirac assured the Turkish president of France's full solidarity and said France would fulfill its obligations if Turkey was threatened," spokeswoman Catherine Colonna quoted Chirac as telling Sezer.

Chirac told Sezer France's decision to veto NATO planning to protect Turkey in case of war did not jeopardize Paris's solidarity with Ankara.

Sezer told Chirac -- who has repeatedly said military action in Iraq should be a last resort -- that he also backed a peaceful solution to the crisis in Iraq, which the United States accuses of harboring banned weapons of mass destruction.

France, Germany and Belgium Monday vetoed proposals for NATO to make plans for defending Turkey on the grounds that such a move could send a signal that diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis were over.

Earlier Wednesday, France shot down a compromise aimed at breaking the NATO deadlock over Turkey, dashing hopes for a swift end to a dispute that is damaging the Western alliance.

Diplomats say the three doves are unlikely to budge until after chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix reports to the Security Council Friday.

The French and German foreign ministers held talks in Paris, and both later met Chirac. The two foreign ministers reaffirmed their wish for U.N. inspections in Iraq to be stepped up and their opposition to a war, a diplomatic source said.

France, Germany and Russia joined forces earlier this week to call for reinforced arms inspections in Iraq and for all possible peaceful means to be tried to eliminate any banned weapons Iraq may possess. Iraq denies possessing such weapons.

French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, in an interview with the magazine Paris Match released Wednesday, said: "We are defending a good cause. It's a matter of considering war as a final decision which can only be taken when all other forms of pressure have been tried."


TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmetnecdetsezer; europeanunion; france; germany; iraq; jacqueschirac; nato; russia; turkey; waronterror

1 posted on 02/12/2003 4:00:57 PM PST by knighthawk
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2 posted on 02/12/2003 4:01:25 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
HMMMMM..perhaps the Wine and Cheese boycott is working! :)
3 posted on 02/12/2003 4:08:06 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: knighthawk
The French say they will protect the TURKS from Iraq?

That's a bit like my Boston Terrier saying she will protect my Boxer from neighborhood cats.

4 posted on 02/12/2003 4:10:28 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: RoseofTexas
France needs to know that this is no time for jokes, and the USA is as serious as it has ever been.
5 posted on 02/12/2003 4:11:19 PM PST by tessalu
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To: knighthawk
Bet the Turks got a good laugh out of that one.
6 posted on 02/12/2003 4:15:08 PM PST by cynicom
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To: Skooz
At least your Boston Terrier won't surrender, unlike the French.
7 posted on 02/12/2003 4:16:23 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: cynicom
**RING***

Ahmet: Hailo?
Jacques: Yais, vee vill defend-a-vous you from zee Ilakees.
Ahmet: Who is dis?
Jacques: Fear not. It eez I; Jacques, heir of Napoleon, leader of zee French. Vee vill defend-a-vous you.
Ahmet: The French? The French will defend the Turks? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! (tears streaming down face) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

**CLICK***

8 posted on 02/12/2003 4:22:34 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: knighthawk
Poor Turks..........They're doomed to surrender!
9 posted on 02/12/2003 4:23:36 PM PST by Puck from Michigan
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To: Skooz
Very good.
10 posted on 02/12/2003 4:26:21 PM PST by cynicom
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To: knighthawk
Chirac said France would protect Turkey but Greece would help.
11 posted on 02/12/2003 4:32:20 PM PST by caisson71
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To: knighthawk
France assured Turkey Wednesday that it would help defend it if there was a war in neighboring Iraq

Now everyone in Turkey can sleep peacefully, after all, the french will protect them. What a joke, the french protecting anything or anyone, perhaps they, the french, are the only ones in the world that take them, the french, seriously.

12 posted on 02/12/2003 4:43:23 PM PST by 2timothy3.16
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To: knighthawk
Would Turkey put their fate in the hands of the French?
13 posted on 02/12/2003 5:12:33 PM PST by OldFriend (Pray)
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To: knighthawk
BOYCOTT PERRIER, EVIAN, AND EVERYTHING FRENCH

14 posted on 02/12/2003 7:29:12 PM PST by Siobhan ( Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet )
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To: OldFriend
Only stupid people would do that.
15 posted on 02/13/2003 2:27:54 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: RoseofTexas
HMMMMM..perhaps the Wine and Cheese boycott is working! :)

That quickly? Well, they do tend to surrender quickly! ;-)

Actually, I believe that France is simply talking out of both sides of its mouth. "We won't help Turkey defend itself!" appeals to the pro-Iraq muslim contingent, while this new "We'll protect Turkey in event of war" comment is just what the pro-Turkey muslims want to hear. Never mind the fact that the two are fully contradictory.

16 posted on 02/13/2003 2:34:20 PM PST by Charles Martel
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