Follow Christiane on social media:

On Twitter and Facebook Amanpour producers on Twitter

What time is Amanpour on CNN?

Check showtimes to see when Amanpour is on CNN where you are. Or watch online.

Check showtimes to see when Amanpour is on CNN where you are. Or watch online.

Turkey's President on Egypt, Syria & Israel

May 26th, 2012
12:51 PM ET

By Lucky Gold, CNN

President Abdullah Gul of Turkey attended the NATO Summit in Chicago this week and appeared Friday on Amanpour.  He was asked about the presidential elections in Egypt and whether Egypt’s military would willingly relinquish its power.

“The military is well aware that they cannot continue forever,” said President Gul.

“I went to Egypt,” he added. “I talked to all the military leadership, and they know that it is not their job to run the country.  They are going to hand off the authority to the civilian government - but I think it needs some time.”

How much time, remains to be seen.  However, he added, “I think the Egyptian army is ready to hand over the authority when the time is preferred.”

We can contribute to them

Prior to the NATO Summit, the G8 countries met at Camp David to discuss the fracturing of the eurozone.  In that context, President Gul was asked about Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, just when it seems to be in a state of dis-union.

“We are a part of the European custom union for sixteen years,” said President Gul, “and we are a negotiating country with the E.U. and we...expect more reasonable understanding from our friends in Europe.”

While “the economy in many countries in Europe is not good,” he insisted that “we can contribute to them…We are performing very well.  Our incorporation will be helpful.”

No way that President Assad can lead

From the E.U., President Gul turned to Turkey’s troubled neighbor, Syria.  He was asked what it will take for Turkey to intervene or persuade the rest of the world to do so.

“Well, it’s an international issue,” said President Gul.  “That is why it is being taken to the U.N. Security Council, and we have to be all together, and we…have to stand behind the people’s demand.”

In that light, he said the Annan Plan “is a last chance for the…transformation of Syria… If it is not (fully implemented), then unfortunately the (situation) will yet be worse over there.”

Asked if the United States should play a leadership role, Gul said, “I think the United States is definitely the most important and definitely should engage more in this issue.”

As for Syria’s president, Gul was blunt: “There is no way that President Assad can lead the country anymore.”

On the high seas

Lastly, he was asked about Turkey’s fractured relations with Israel.

“You know, it was not our preference,” said President Gul, “and it was not because of us that the relationship deteriorated.  So, if the Israeli government - they want to correct, they…have to take some steps, which is known very well by them.”

Specifically, he referred to the 2010 attack by Israel’s military on a Turkish ship attempting to break the blockade of Gaza with humanitarian aid, in which nine people were killed.

“They attack the international, humanitarian… convoy…nine people (killed) on the high seas, seventy two miles away from the coast – so Turkey’s legitimate demand is to get the apology and compensation.”

He then added, “If Israel takes the decision to meet all of this, then I think the relationship will move forward.

Episode #28: Friday, May 25, 2012
CNN’s Claire Calzonetti produced this piece for television.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. LR

    If this President Gui truly wants peace with Israel, he would let an armada of Armenians land on his shores, with "Humanitarian Aid". Then, he might have the ammunition to critisize another sovereign country's right to defend it's own borders.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • Sean Curie

      Such an ignorant and nonsense comment!

      May 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  2. Haha

    Unfortunately Israel navy attacked a humanitarian aid convoy in INTERNATIONAL waters that was trying to reach Gaza (Palestinian territory – not Israeli). Until the government of Israel face the consequencies they do not stand much chance with TR.

    May 27, 2012 at 5:19 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      You may not know it but Israel is a sovereign state. According to international law any sovereign state (even Israel) has the right to stop, inspect and even sink vessels delivering supplies to the enemy during a war. Even in international waters.

      The "humanitarian aid convoy" organizers tried to deliver supplies to the Palestinians in Gaza who were (and still are) at war with Israel and they've got what they've asked for. If they wanted to deliver humanitarian supplies to the suffering people in Gaza they would coordinate these activities with Israel instead of trying to breach the (perfectly legal during a war) military blockade.

      May 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • ctwildheart

        Thinker...while Israel is a sovereign state...most other sovereign states respect humanitarian missions and do not attack them. And maybe we are getting different news feeds....contrary to what you posted, Israel would NOT work with them. I do not like that you think the civilians who were killed in that attack deserved what they got. They did not.

        May 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • MOHAREB IRANI

      TERRRORISTS PALESTINE ?

      DEATH TO ISLAM BECAUSE WE LOVE IRAN

      DEATH TO ISLAM, LONG LIVE HUMANITY

      REGARDS,

      OPPRESSED, RAPED TORTURED NATION OF IRAN

      May 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Nada

      Two things. Of csoure Hillary said to help the Greens. The second is that the Wall Street Journal, in an article that obviously has White House sourcing, claims that the Green movement actually :U.S. Treasury Department strategists already have been focusing on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has emerged as the economic and military power behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.In recent weeks, senior Green Movement figures who have been speaking at major Washington think tanks have made up a list of IRGC-related companies they suggest targeting, which has been forwarded to the Obama administration by third parties.It might have been more informative for a more formidable debating opponent to be presented than Ledeen, but you debate the adversary you have, not the adversary you wish you had.

      July 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  3. joshfellman

    The Israeli navy was following normal procedure, commandeering a ship with the intention to breach the naval blockade on Gaza. They would have brought this ship to the port of Ashdod to transfer goods to Gaza following inspection, but as you know "Haha," the Israeli soldiers were attacked as they were boarding the ship. You know the saying, don't bring a knife to a gun fight? Well here is another one for you: Don't attack a soldier with metal rods and knives when he's carrying an M16 rifle. It is laughable that this act completely eroded the relations between the two nations. Not to mention afterward Erdogan went on an anti-Israel tirade for a year and a half to two years as if he was prepared for it from the get-go.

    The Karine A affair in 2002 is a perfect example as to why the Israeli navy blockades Gaza and intercepts ships attempting to break it. 9 people died. Its a shame but they attacked soldiers with larger weapons. What did they expect?

    May 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • ctwildheart

      Josh Fellman: We must be getting different news feeds...because all reports I heard/read stated that the only attacking came from the soldiers. They were not attacked by those on board first.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  4. Dianne

    This forum is full of the Israeli state paid propagandists who are on CNN forums all day long to fool as many clueless third parties as possible. Their posts have no credibility as they try to justify Israel's actions and attack everyone that rightfully criticizes them. They also attack any nation that interferes with their interests, as part of their well-know bullying and threatening tactic. Jews will be Jews, the entire human race is wrong but they are right in their violent minds.

    May 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • phil

      those "jews"= conniving to rule the world! Don't you think you're generalizing a little too much- especially considering all the jewish figures active within the BDS movement.

      May 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      "Dianne"... Did you disagree with something I've said? If so WHAT WAS IT? Please realize that as long as you can not point out what you DISAGREE with it means that you AGREE WITH EVERY WORD.

      May 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
      • Dianne

        What you posted is absolutely ridiculous and suits you well. In what alternate dimension is what you said true? I disagree with everything you posted because they are all lies and propaganda. You can't just make things up, better yet completely twist things and type the complete opposite of truth, and assume that they are true when nobody responds, get real.

        May 28, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • MOHAREB IRANI

      DEATH TO ISLAM , BECAUSE WE LOVE IRAN

      CHRISTIAN AMANPOUR works for the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IN IRAN, SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK AGAINST THE REGIME IN IRAN AS SHE HAS INTERESTS AND FAMILY BACK IN IRAN WHICH ARE PROTECTED BY THE ISLAMISTS OCCUPYING IRAN..

      HER INTERVIEWS MEAN GARBAGE, NOTHING, PROPAGANDA FOR IRAN OR GOOD OF IRAN'S OCCUPYING MULLAH REGIME

      CHRISTIAN AMANPOUR ALSO WORKS WITH THE LOBBYISTS OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN ( PAAIA, NIAC) SISTER COMPANY OF NIAC AND IT'S CEO TRITA PARSI WHICH HIS FORMER BOSS SENATOR BOB NEY WAS SENT TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY ... TRITA PARSI ALSO IS IN COURT FOR ILLEGAL LOBBYING AND EVADING TAX CODES ....

      May 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  5. Dianne

    You are one of the full time Israeli propagandists on CNN forums. No, your country does not have the right to attack a humanitarian aid mission in international waters and murrder 9 unarmed peace activists. That is why the entire world condemned you and sided with Turkey, you were completely isolated, not even US government dared to side with you although their politicians are your puppets. You can't wait for some time, assume that it's all forgotten, and try to turn the table around.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:09 am | Reply
  6. Dianne

    There is no war despite your attempts to show it that way, you rain their cities with chemical weapons and murder thousands of innocent civilians including children each time, they respond to your violence and manage to hit maybe tens in return.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
  7. Dianne

    You don't deliver anything to them if goods are handed to you, just like you stopped this humanitarian aid mission. That's the whole point of your blockade. Get real, that's like giving vital supplies to the attacker to pass on to his victim.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  8. Thinker23

    "Dianne"... I live in the FACTUAL dimension. Everything I've said is FACTUALLY CORRECT. You may not like certain facts but it is pointless to DISAGREE with them... For example, it is pointless to disagree with he fact that ALL goods except weapons are being delivered to Gaza from Israel.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Dianne

      They are facts that don't apply at all. You would inspect ships -legal or not- during wartime, this is not wartime despite your attempts to show it as such. Even during wartime, you might forcefully inspect but not violently attack and sink ships of third parties, that will instantly make them your enemies. You can do anything as long as you face the consequences.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  9. Eli

    The Marmara, the largest ship in the flotilla, and the only one involved in the conflagration, carried no usable aid – only radical activists and paid mercenaries who were given cash and a promise of a chance to beat up Israelis. Some humanitarian mission.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • Dianne

      Not true, this is your twisted version of the story. Ships were all inspected prior to leave since they included tens of different nationalities from all over Europe, Israel searched The Marmara after the violent attack and found no weapons except for the captain's gun. If you found anything, you would exaggerate it to the extreme. Ship was carrying humanitarian aid.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • ctwildheart

      Eli...I hate to repeat myself, but where do you get your news from? Because all the reports that I have read or heard, said there were only civilians and aid workers on board. No mercenaries or soldiers. I truly would like to see another report that says otherwise if it is out there.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Goli

      Well I also listened to the dtebae, and sadly the only issue that was not raised and discussed was the health of Ayatollah Khamenaie that Michele is an expert of, every now and then he gets very personal inside information from “close and reliable sources” that Mr. Khamenaie is in the deathbed. Then a few days later, you will see that Mr. Khamenaie is making hour-long speeches or is hiking in Kurdistan. I guess Mr. Ladeen is opting for a fortuneteller job at ASI to be with the other “Scholars” of his magnitude.

      July 9, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
  10. Eli

    Turkish are very open – their joke of a high court just "sentenced" Israeli generals to 18,000 years of prison.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • Dianne

      They are responsible for the death of 9 unarmed Turkish citizens, naturally Turkey wants them to be sentenced and have hard time in their international travels.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  11. Thinker23

    "Dianne"... It is also pointless to disagree with the fact that BOTH the PLO Charter and the Hamas Charter declare that the war against Israel will continue until Israel is destroyed and that no peace agreement on ANY conditions will be acceptable to the Palestinians. Further, it is pointless to disagree with the fact that peace and a sovereign independent state were offered to Palestinian Arabs in 1948, 1967, 1973, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and that the Palestinians REJECTED each and every one of these offers stating that nothing short of destruction of the Jewish State would satisfy them.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • Dianne

      Post your propaganda elsewhere. Just talk about who has been violent and who not. Compare who killed how many innocent civilians including children. You just talk about what they said, people respond with what you did. Israel has always been the violent side killing scores of civilians, others just talk. Iran has been peaceful for the longest time for instance.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  12. kevobx

    The state of Israel, the synagogue Jews, even America have become king David worshippers, and David is a false god. The twelve tribes of Jacob are the real children of Israel. The God of Jacob and the house of Joseph. Salvation is grace and truth, that is it.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  13. Eusebio Manuel Vestias Pecurto

    Eu vou comentar sobre o que se passa na Siria Foi preciso estas horriveis imagens de crianças mortas no massacre de HOULA que correram o mundo Para que a Russia e a China desse um pequeno passo para colocar o regime de Basharal Assad em xeque

    May 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  14. MOHAREB IRANI

    CHRISTIAN AMANPOUR works for the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IN IRAN, SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK AGAINST THE REGIME IN IRAN AS SHE HAS INTERESTS AND FAMILY BACK IN IRAN WHICH ARE PROTECTED BY THE ISLAMISTS OCCUPYING IRAN..

    HER INTERVIEWS MEAN GARBAGE, NOTHING, PROPAGANDA FOR IRAN OR GOOD OF IRAN'S OCCUPYING MULLAH REGIME

    CHRISTIAN AMANPOUR ALSO WORKS WITH THE LOBBYISTS OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN ( PAAIA, NIAC) SISTER COMPANY OF NIAC AND IT'S CEO TRITA PARSI WHICH HIS FORMER BOSS SENATOR BOB NEY WAS SENT TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY ... TRITA PARSI ALSO IS IN COURT FOR ILLEGAL LOBBYING AND EVADING TAX CODES ....

    May 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Intelligent Iranian

      Mohareb Jaan, I wouldn't say she "works" for the regime, but she is definitely a disgraceful Iranian-American journalist who never talks about human rights in Iran – ignores it – as though she is afraid that she would lose her exclusive regime access. Like many journalist she sells out neutrality for the sake of acces and advancing her career.

      Her career only really advanced to where it was because she covered a few events that became historic – it's not like she actually did anything groundbreaking. Christian Amanpour has never exposed anything that someone else hasn't before. She's made herself into a novelty international journalist. She's considered "daring" because she travels to places. So what? It's become about where she goes and not so much about what she actually FINDS. Many Americans blindly fall for the novelty of her and think they are smart just by sake of admiring her; they don't really understand the difference and what makes one a quality international journalist.

      Also, yes I agree with you about NIAC, but PAAIA is very different. In fact, many people who work in PAAIA would agree with you ABOUT NIAC. It seems to me that PAAIA was actually created as an ANTI-NIAC organization.

      June 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  15. aurelius

    booh.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  16. СТО

    Hello there, You have done a great job. I'll certainly digg it and in my view recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

    February 18, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.