Turkish press reported Fehmi Koru’s assessment of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decision to resume “political monitoring” of Turkey, which had been lifted in 2004. Discussing Turkish government reactions to the decision that classified it as the work of “groups of enemies of Turkey,” chiefly that of Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın, Koru asked: “This decision was made by the representatives of nearly 50 countries; do we really have that many enemies?”
Koru’s critique read in part:
“The decision by PACE to resume ‘monitoring’ our country is an unacceptable development.”
“Why did this happen?
“Presidential spokesperson Dr. İbrahim Kalın responded to this message with a quick reply. He called the decision ‘a purposeful decision divorced from reality or justice,’ condemned the decision, and classified it as a ‘political operation by groups of Turkey’s enemies.’
“This characterization probably represents the prevailing view within the government because both President Tayyip Erdoğan and PM Binali Yıldırım have made statements with similar assessments of the decision.
“If we accept this interpretation, we must answer this question: ‘in 2004, considering the spate of reforms enacted by the AK Party, the same countries now characterized as ‘enemies of Turkey’ decided to end the political monitoring of Turkey: why would these same countries now act like our enemies?’
“This decision was made by representatives of nearly 50 countries; do we really have that many enemies?”