Mentre in Turchia l'ondata di arresti, epurazioni e torture del golpe post-golpe non si ferma, la diplomazia internazionale inizia a scoprire le carte per evitare le imbarazzanti domande sui diritti politici e civili calpestati dal dittatore turco e riprendere il business as usual nel nuovo contesto di rapporti di forza.
In prima fila nella corsa ad ingraziarsi le simpatie di Erdogan c'è la Gran Bretagna del neo ministro degli Esteri Boris Johnson, il cui ambasciatore ad Ankara Richard Moore ha rilasciato una incredibile e inquietante intevista al hurriyet daily news- organo di stampa dell'ottomano.
"The Gülen movement led by self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen in the United States might have staged the July 15 coup attempt, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Turkey has said, vowing to cooperate with Turkey against Gülen-affiliated institutions in the kingdom if evidence is provided. "I don’t have any difficulty in accepting what the government is saying; that Gülenists were involved in this coup - dichiara l'ambasciatoreI think there is a quite good deal of understanding that they had infiltrated other institutions, particularly the police and judiciary... in private, I have heard from Turkish ministers that others apart from Gülenists were probably involved in the coup; not every single officer discharged from the army is likely to have been a Gülenist. Clearly there are people involved in the coup for other motivations which should come clearer in the coming weeks
domanda dell'intervistatore: Do you share concerns that the government reaction against the Gülenists within the state, media and elsewhere could turn into a major crackdown on opponents?
risposta:... if people try and infiltrate state institutions and act as a subversive force, then that threat needs to be removed. So there is an understanding; this is the starting point.And then of course any action against anyone has to be proportionate and has to stay within the rule of law. Turkey has to meet their international obligations. And on all of those, the government has given assurances that those are its intentions.
The appointment of Boris Johnson as Britain’s foreign secretary caused skepticism here over his remarks on Turkey. When does he plan to come to Turkey?
Well, I don’t know, but I know he wants to come relatively soon. Probably in the autumn. I found some of the rhetoric during our referendum campaign both ill-informed and unfair about Turkey. But the Turkish leadership absolutely made it clear in conversations with our new U.K. government that that is in the past.International relations are not just about personalities; we should look at the fundamentals of our relationship. Here we are already NATO allies and G-20 partners. [We are] Turkey’s second largest export market, and 2,700 U.K. companies work here. So there is a deep full spectrum relationship and I am very confident that our new foreign secretary and prime minister will get on very well with their counterparts.For our foreign secretary, his connection with Turkey really means something to him. He’s got relatives, cousins here, some of them very eminent Turkish diplomats. It’s not a remote thing to him, it’s a meaningful connection. I think when he comes he will focus on it. But you tell me, is there any foreign secretary in the world who is partly Turk? I think that gives us a unique perspective on Turkey. Turkey is very much in front of his vision at the moment after the attempted coup which was the first crisis with which he had to deal.
Nel frattempo in Germania Erdogan ha organizzato manifestazioni a suo favore, pretendendo addirittura di poter trasmettere in diretta un suo comizio al raduno di Colonia.
Il permesso non gli è stato accordato dalle autorità tedesche non per l'indecenza della richiesta ma per "motivi di ordine pubblico". L'ottomano ha protestato e ha fatto capire alla Merkel che così facendo Boris Johnson l'avrebbe scavalcata nella classifica delle sue simpatie personali.
Ma la corsa è solo all'inizio.