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Turquie : Erdogan says West only interested in oil in Iraq and Libya

In September 2014, 100000 Syrian refugees fled into Turkey in just over 48 hours as ISIS fighters renew their attacks on civilian populations in both Syria and Iraq

The interests of the West in war-torn countries such as Iraq and Libya are focused on their natural resources, oil in particular, while the current refugee crisis remains badly dealt with, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


On Thursday, Erdogan “expressed with sorrow” that some European countries have “double standards”, slamming the West for drowning “humanity”, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Erdogan slammed the West’s policies in oil-rich countries such as Iraq and Libya, which both suffer from dire security situations and have experienced Western military interventions. “Do you know what is being done in these places ? "There is oil in Libya and Iraq, so let’s seize the oil-wells". Isn’t this the situation now ?” the president said. “80 percent of Iraq’s oil wells are under the control of the West. It is the same in Libya. While all these realities exist, this [international] structure is not acceptable”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Global terrorism, also “burning” Syria and Iraq, was another sore point for Erdogan, who said : “Western countries do not show necessary sensitivity” towards this problem. “I once again condemn some countries that on the one hand are fighting against a certain terror organization, while on the other hand support another one directly or indirectly”, he said, noting the importance of the cooperation of the “entire world”. The “joint fight against global terrorism” will be a major agenda point of the G-20 summit, slated for Turkey in the coastal city of Antalya in November, according to the president.

A member of Libya’s security forces walks by an oil drill at the al-Ghani oil field, Libya, on March 23, 2013

As one of the biggest migrant routes from the Middle East to the EU passes through Turkish territories, Erdogan commented on the refugee crisis that threatens to engulf the European Union. “European countries that turned the Mediterranean Sea, the cradle of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, into a grave, are part of the sin in the death of every single refugee”, the president said. Turkey has received almost 2 million refugees since the outbreak of civil war in Syria, according to UN estimates.

Iraqi workers stand near a pipeline as it ejects oil at Al Tuba oil field in Basra, February 19, 2015

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éditeur : Frank Brunner | ouverture : 11 novembre 2000 | reproduction autorisée en citant la source