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TÜSİAD: Without secularism, violence waves are not prevented; Continuous OHAL will not solve security problems


“We cannot prevent the waves of violence in the Middle East from reaching our country without secularism and we are not in a position to ensure that a constant OHAL environment alone will overcome security problems,” said Ms. Cansen Başaran Symes, President of TÜSİAD, which is known as Turkey’s most influential business group.


The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD), who held the 47th General Assembly, chose a new president. Mr. Erol Bilecik took over the presidency of TÜSİAD from Symes. Erol Bilecik, currently a Member of the Board of Directors of TÜSİAD, was born in 1962 in Antakya. Bilecik graduated from Istanbul Technical University Computer Engineering Department in 1987 and is one of the first computer engineers in Turkey.

Part of Cansen Başaran Symes’ explanations:

We are witnessing the establishment of a new world

Whether we are aware or not, we are witnessing the establishment of a new world. We do not yet know how this world will be defined, its norms, its effective institutions and its rules. The liberal world we know is shaking. Democratic values, constructions, principles in the world scale; Populist, authoritarian waves.


The whole world looked envious

For a time, the whole world looked envious and was an example of an example for regional societies. There is no reason for us not to return to such a position again. We could even confess our mistakes in foreign policy. Next, there must be decisions to put the economy on the run. In domestic politics, Tuncay bey ordered what should be done, especially the security problem. I also believe that the security issue cannot be handled solely from the “security prism”.


Importing the diseases of the Middle East

If Turkey will contribute to the future of the Middle East, it cannot do so by importing the diseases of the Middle East. Turkey cannot achieve its common future goal with the European Union by rejecting universal values and clashing with its allies. If Turkey is to play a role in regional balances, it cannot provide it by narrowing its own flexibility.


Translation: Whatti – @cakirvo


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