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Semicolon instead of a full stop

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19.05.2017
While President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was answering reporters’ questions before his visit to the U.S., he said, “Now we will hold this meeting with President Donald Trump at a very top level. Our talks will not be at a comma level; they will be at a full stop level.”

Speaking to citizens in front of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington after a meeting at the White House, he was asked by Voice of America’s Turkish service reporter Mehmet Sümer whether the situation was at a comma or a full stop. He also asked, “How are you evaluating this? Which stage has been reached?” Erdoğan replied, “It wouldn’t be fine it we put a full stop.”

I will not be making a provocative remark by saying “What did he say beforehand; and what is he saying now?”

It is a correct stance that the president’s views evolved from “breaking up and moving on” to “continue talking.”

It is pretty obvious that the U.S. will not give up on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) soon. This intention was made very obvious by allowing the provision of heavy weapons to the YPG just before Erdoğan’s visit. It was apparent that pre-visit contacts were inadequate in preventing this. It was not an issue to be solved in a 20-minute meeting.

On the other hand, the U.S. is not in a position to completely give up on Turkey in such a region either.

Yes, the U.S. maybe is strong, but we should not forget that there are things Turkey can do that cannot be “ignored” in the region.

In this case, the correct approach is to minimize the unpreventable damage. This would be, at first, to establish mechanisms and take measures to prevent heavy weapons from reaching the hands of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

On the other hand, what will happen to........

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