Thursday, November 16, 2006

Turkey suspends military co-operation with France

From Zaman, an Islamist Turkish newspaper:"Turkish Land Forces Commander Ilker Basbug announced that Turkey has suspended military relations with France following hot debates after the French Parliament adopted a draft bill making it a crime to deny that Turks committed genocide against Armenians last century."

Ilker Basbug is the Senior Commander of the Turkish Army. Only Yasar Buyanit, Chief of Staff of the Turkish Defense Forces is higher in rank. The Turkish Defense Establishment is the main guarantor of secularism in Ataturk's Turkey and very influential in the country's political system.

France is, behind the scenes, using its influence to stop Turkey joining the European Union. The two country's seem to be on a political collision course.

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