Turkey is Now in Trouble on Syria, Says Turkish Opposition Leader
July 30, 2012 • 8:16AM

According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet Sunday, the main opposition leader in Turkey, CHP leader Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, recently criticized the government's stance on Syria, saying Turkey is now "a country in trouble. We do not want our people to pay the price for Western interests," Kiliçdaroglu said. "We do not want Turkey to be dragged into the swamp. In summary, we do not want war," he added.

Kiliçdaroglu likened the ruling AKP's stance to "shooting someone else's bird with someone else's gun.

"This is the powerful treating you like a property entitlement official in the process of redesigning Syria after it breaks apart. We were supposed to be the game-maker in the area, we ended up being played. We tried to warn them on the consequences of sectarian fighting in Syria, we were expelled for doing so. I wonder if the AKP is now thinking of gathering their thoughts?" Kiliçdaroglu said. "Turkey does not deserve to be a proxy country."