Ankara offers new roadmap for Egypt
Turkey is working on a road map with the international community in order to end the political crisis in Egypt, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said. Ankara is in contact with Washington, Brussels and the African Union for a plan which requires the release of political detainees, including ousted President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, Davutoglu said. A civil council, with the participation of all parties, should be formed and a civil road map should be announced, according to the plan. An interim prime minister and government of technocrats should be assigned and they must reassure every party about the process, so that the streets will calm down, according to the minister. The country will call for an election with this government. A new constitution will be drafted and a president will be elected, according to the plan Turkey supported. On the other hand, Levent Gumrukcu, spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said that Turkey was in contact with the international community about “which attitude should be taken and which road map should be determined for returning to democracy [in Egypt] as soon as possible.” Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Gumrukcu said, “The release of Morsi and political prisoners is becoming prominent as a first step. Afterwards, we emphasize the necessity of a civil road map with the dialogue process with the participation of all political parties including the Muslim Brotherhood.” Through intense contacts with international actors, Ankara was trying to develop a common attitude, he said, adding that all interlocutors shared the same opinion.