The Socialist People’s Party and the Red Greens have reacted strongly to
WikiLeak disclosures suggesting that former Prime Minister and current NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen allegedly made promises to Turkey in
order to win his current post.
One of the documents in the most recent WikiLeak collection involves minutes
of a meeting on Feb. 18 said to be between the US Deputy Sec. of State
William Burns and his Turkish counterpart Feridun Sinirlioglu. The latter is
said to have expressed his dissatisfaction with Fogh Rasmussen not having
lived up to a promise to close a Kurdish TV station operating in Denmark.
According to the document, Fogh Rasmussen also promised that one of the deputy
secretaries-general for NATO would be from Turkey. At the time of the
meeting, that promise had not been fulfilled, although Ambassador Hüseyin
Diriöz, the chief foreign policy adviser to the Turkish president, was
appointed as deputy secretary-general responsible for defence and planning
in July this year and took over his post on August 1.
Commenting on the alleged promise to close the Kurdish Roj-TV, which has
operated out of Denmark and been the target of repeated Turkish demands to
close the station, Socialist People’s Party Foreign Policy Spokesman Holger
Nielsen expressed his distaste.
“I’m not surprised and this was just a dirty bit of horse trading. The fact
that he doesn’t have the right to close Roj-TV doesn’t make the issue any
prettier,” Nielsen says.
The Red-Greens have also reacted to the reports, calling the Justice and
Foreign Ministers into council on the issue.
“This is a very serious case as it is all about respect for the division of
power. If the government has accepted an agreement with Turkey and then
actively exerted pressure to have charges brought against Roj-TV, that is a
clear contravention of the constitutional rules on the division of power,”
says the Red Green’s Frank Aaen of the division between the legislative,
executive and judicial powers.