‘Realist optimism’ can be the needed solution from Turkey to Syria, says Turkey’s former Prime Minister

THERE IS high pessimism that is in the high across Turkey and this is saddening, this is according to Turkey’s Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Professor Davutoglu said this pessimism was high among academic, those in government and ordinary Turks.

Speaking at a conference in Ankara, Professor Davutoglu spoke about the Astana Peace Process, an agreement between Iran, Russia, and Turkey to form a joint monitoring body that will work hard to enforce the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 for resolving the Syrian Civil War.

The former government leader, who also served as Turkey’s Foreign Minister from 2009 to 2014, pointed out how two groups have now emerged in the Astana as the utopian optimists and nihilist (destitute) pessimists. He suggested a “realist optimism” method will be more suitable to find solutions in Syria.

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The Yenicag newspaper reported that Davutoğlu explained the concept of ‘realist optimism’ as follows: “It saddens me to realise extreme pessimism is getting widespread among my academic, bureaucrat friends and the general public. Realist optimism means we need to be optimistic while producing a solution to the global system and its problems. If there is a crisis, the first step is to accept the crises and not be scared of it. We also mustn’t be trapped in the bad picture of realism, in which we cannot produce a vision.”

People live in Istanbul and Ankara must stay strong

Davutoglu said people live in Istanbul and Ankara must stay strong and should not show weaknesses in this difficult economic environment as Istanbul is the centre of business and Ankara is the capital.

The professor, fired by Turkish President Erdogan in May 2016, indirectly criticised the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He said the party must ensure both security and the freedom in the county.

“If a state returns to its own people and says, ‘I will give you security, but don’t ask for freedom, this system will lead to authoritarianism. If a state cannot provide security and says ‘I’ll give you freedom’, then this time the country will fall into chaos. The state’s legitimacy comes from providing all citizens with the greatest security without limiting their freedoms,” said Professor Davutoglu.

He was referring to the continuous deterioration of Turkey’s economy as consumers struggle and Lira is weakened against major currencies.

Local media reports claim Davotuglu and former President Abdullah Gül plan to form a new party together with disgruntled former AKP politicians as they last out at Erdogan’s government for failing to meet Turks’ basic needs.

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