A former Governor of Abia State and international businessman, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has called on Russia and Turkey to use every means of dialogue to settle their face-off instead of beating war drum.
In a statement issued by the Orji Uzor Kalu Media Centre, Abuja on Friday, signed by Rubby Obinna, Kalu said the two countries should behave wisely after Russia had accused Turkey of shooting down her warplane near the Syrian border on November 24, 2015.
Kalu said he had to speak out owing to the fact that the world had not contained rascals in different inhumane occupations around the world and the two countries were beating their chests for antagonism against each other.
Kalu regretted that the two countries want to throw to the winds their relationship, which the world once saw that improved on May 25, 1992 when the then Turkish Prime Minister, Süleyman Demirel, visited Moscow and had a Russian-Turkish agreement signed that was expected to have brought to an end their feud.
“I wonder why the two countries which were once chief intentional partners in the Transcaucasian region, will be drumming for war after the world had thought that their aged-long diplomatic and boundary feud had been settled,” Kalu lamented.
Kalu added: “It is on record that on May 16 2009, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to Sochi, Russia for a working visit with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the following statement was made, and I quote Prime Minister Erdoğan: “Turkey and Russia have responsibilities in the region. We have to take steps for the peace and well being of the region. This includes the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, the Middle East dispute, the Cyprus problem. We could remember that Putin answered back, saying Russia and Turkey seek for such problems to be resolved and will facilitate this in every way… As for difficult problems from the past – and the Karabakh problem is among such issues – a compromise should be found by the participants in the conflict. Other states which help reach a compromise in this aspect can play a role of mediators and guarantors to implement the signed agreements.”
Kalu added that he wanted to say that war and civilisation can never be the same.
“I want to make a choice for Russia and Turkey to think again and choose civilisation than war, because the world needs civilisation than the other. Victories of war are short-lived and war settles nothing,” Kalu said.
Kalu concluded by saying the two countries have every reason to settle whatever political or economic problems they could be having in the recent times, at least they had once started a peace move.