Turkey, Syria fail to fulfill agreements
Turkey has signed 281 agreements within the high-level strategic partnership councils that it has built with other countries, the highest number of 50 signed with Syria between 2009 and 2010, though not currently implemented. Syria is followed by Iraq, with whom Turkey has signed 48 high-level strategic partnership council agreements between 2008 and 2009, despite suffering from turbulent relations for over a year. "The leaders change, however institutions stay permanently. It is important that these mechanisms have started with these countries. So these agreements would continue even after some transitions take place," a Turkish official told the Hurriyet Daily News regarding the agreements signed but not implemented with Syria. The number of countries that Turkey established high-level strategic partnership councils with has reached 13 and the number of agreements has reached 281, the latest 11 agreements signed with Russia during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Turkey Dec. 3. Turkey signed its first high-level strategic partnership agreement with Brazil in 2006 followed by Iraq, Syria, Russia, Greece, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan. Turkey has 40 agreements with Egypt, 29 agreements with Russia, 27 agreements with Pakistan, 23 agreements with Azerbaijan, 22 agreements with Greece, 17 agreements with Bulgaria, 13 agreements with Ukraine and 10 agreements with Kazakhstan.