By Mick Krever, CNN
Amid criticism over Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s response to a devastating mine disaster, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that the Erdogan is “always with the people.”
An official period of mourning is underway in Turkey after its recent mine disaster; nearly 300 miners were killed after a fire broke out on Tuesday.
“This is a very sad event – one of the most tragic accidents that happened during our republican era,” Davutoğlu told Amanpour in London. “All the things, all the efforts will be done to check what was wrong, if there was anything wrong during this disaster or before, how it happened.”
Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site of the disaster and was met with jeers, boos, and calls for his resignation; the heckles got so bad, he was forced to seek refuge in a nearby store.
In his much-criticized speech to the relatives of the dead and injured, the Prime Minister glossed over the issue of mine safety, saying there is ample precedent for mine disasters.
“I think this was the wrong perception,” Davutoğlu said of the criticism.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says alleged Syria torture, killing photos represent "a crime against humanity"
The transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu can be found here.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should take peace talks seriously and transition out of power, or face the International Criminal Court, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.
Responding to photos that allegedly prove systematic torture and killing by the Syrian regime, Davutoglu, said “those photos are clear evidences … this is a crime against humanity.”
Davutoglu spoke with Amanpour from Montreux, Switzerland, where world powers are trying to broker an improbable peace in Syria.
Amanpour was the first to report, with the Guardian on Monday, on an investigation alleging that the Syrian regime is murdering prisoners on a mass scale. The investigation was authored by a team of international legal and forensic experts and based on thousands of photographs provided by a Syrian defector.
“All of those who committed this crime must be accountable,” Davutoglu said. “We should not be doing the same mistake like what happened in Srebrenica.”
“In Srebrenica some people tried to turn their eye and some tried to ignore Srebrenica for some time. But Srebrenica has happened and it was a shame for international community.”
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to a Turkish filmmaker who was in the meeting that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held Wednesday concerning the ongoing protests. The filmmaker confirms that the prime minister said he will take the idea of a referendum over the fate of the contested Gezi Park to his party.
In the video above CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Ibrahim Kalin, chief adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He tells Amanpour that the protesters can stay in Gezi Park and police have been instructed not to enter there. He also says that the prime minister wants to hold talks with the "legitimate" protesters.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the vice chairman of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's political party, about the civil unrest.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with a Turkish scholar about the anti-government protests sweeping that country.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed on Monday that the military alliance is expected to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey's border as a preventive measure against spillover from Syria’s civil war.
Rasmussen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he anticipates that foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday would make a decision the same day and expects them to “respond positively” to the Turkish requests.
Three locations along Turkey’s southeast border with Syria have already been identified as possible locations for the Patriot missiles, which would come from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, and would take just weeks to deploy according to Rasmussen.
U.S. officials tell CNN that they are increasingly concerned that Bashar al-Assad is preparing chemical weapons for use. FULL POST
By Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
Washington (CNN) - Turkey's prime minister declined to support President Barack Obama's push for tough new sanctions against Iran but said his country was willing to act as a mediator in the diplomatic standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has had a strategic alliance with Iran since the 17th century and wants a diplomatic solution to end the deadlock. Erdogan spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour while in Washington to attend the Obama administration's summit on nuclear security, saying, "I believe that we can find a way out."
"I am here for a diplomatic solution," he said. Countries that are members of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) "must all work together on this, and as (for) Turkey, we could act as a very important intermediary."
Turkey is a rotating member of the United Nations Security Council, which has demanded that Iran halt its nuclear fuel program. Iran has refused the demand and continued to produce enriched uranium, which in high concentrations can be used to produce a nuclear bomb.
Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but the United States has accused it of trying to develop a nuclear bomb.