Turkey seethes at criticism from US ambassador
Turkey is seething over criticism
leveled at its judicial system on Thursday by United States ambassador Francis Ricciardone.
A senior member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)
reacted strongly today to critical remarks from U.S. Ambassador to
Turkey Francis Ricciardone regarding the Turkish judicial system.
are inviting Ricciardone to remain within his boundaries and limits. We
are not pleased with [his remarks], we condemn and denounce them. The
ambassador should know his place,” said the deputy head of the AKP,
Hüseyin Çelik in televised comments on the private broadcaster Kanal A.
Ricciardone, who briefed Ankara
reporters yesterday after a suicide attack targeting the embassy killed
two people Feb. 1, criticized the long detention of army officers,
scholars and students. “You have your military leaders, who were
entrusted with the protection of this country behind bars as if they
were terrorists... When a legal system produces such results and
confuses people like that for terrorists, it makes it hard for American and European courts to match up,” Ricciardone had said.
noted that the U.S. envoy had in the past also commented about internal
questions in Turkey, emphasizing that it was unappropriate for a
diplomat to make judgments about “topics that he does not know the
“The Prime Minister had called him ‘novice
ambassador.’ As it seems, Ricciardone has not yet learnd his place in
that period,” said Çelik.
My, my. A little touchy, aren't we? Too bad that with the current administration in power, the State Department will not be calling in the Turkish ambassador to have him sit on a low stool....
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