DIPLOMAT SHOOTING IN TURKEY
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- Post 21 December 2016
- By Dee/Ani Hasanah
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Violence happened again in Turkey. If the normally, incidents in Turkey lately were in the form of bomb blasts in public places, last Monday (December 19) it was a single shooting a foreign diplomat. The victim was the Ambassador of Russia in Turkey, Andrei Karlov who was the middle of giving a speech at the opening of the photo exhibition “Russia Through Turks’ Eyes.” in Ankara. Although he had been rushed to the hospital, his life could not be saved. The gunman who later identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, a 22-year-old man who worked as a police officer in Ankara, did the shooting alone in front of the audience, as confirmed by Mayor of Ankara.
The Russian government called the shooting as an act of terrorism. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Maria Zakharova said Russia will fight terrorism tooth and nail. But since the culprit died at the scene after the shooting it was difficult for the security forces to find out the motive of the heinous incident. However, the incident may be related to recent demonstrations in Turkey against the Russian intervention in Aleppo, Syria.
When the incident occured, Turkey was sending its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, to Moscow to meet the Russian and Iranian Foreign Ministers to discuss the situation in Syria. Inspite of the shooting incident, Russia however, still scheduled the meeting to go ahead. President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the shooting as an effort to undermine the Turkish-Russian relations. Erdogan accepted a Russian proposal to find out the mastermind of the shooting through a joint investigation team. For Turkey, this incident is a slap on the face following efforts to normalize bilateral relations after the recent Russian aircraft shooting incident by Turkey.
Indeed, this has brought Turkey to be deemed as an unsafe due to acts of terror which have become more frequent there. Turkey is even considered not able to protect foreign diplomats who serve in the country.
Attacks on foreign diplomats in Turkey can happen anywhere, including in Indonesia. Therefore, the Indonesian security forces need to be vigilant to improve the protection of foreign diplomatic missions. A diplomat is a representative of his government who must be protected for his safety in the country he is assigned. And this of course is the responsibility of the country concerned.