Lebanon and Turkish Kidnappings


On August 15 there was a kidnapping of a Turkish businessman by an armed local clan in retaliation for the abduction of kinsman Hassan Meqdad in Syria. The Meqdad clan also kidnapped over 20 Syrians, releasing some later in the month but keeping those it claimed were members of the Free Syrian Army. However, the fate of the Turkish man, who told his government in a television interview last week that his release was tied to that of Hasan Meqdad in Syria, is unknown following a raid by the Lebanese Army on the Meqdad neighborhood in Beirut over the weekend.

The clan said Saturday that Aydin Tufan Tekin, 28, went missing along with five Syrians. The Army said it is looking for the missing individuals. During his brief talk with reporters, Qabbani said: “Reactions in Lebanon should not come in the form of kidnapping Turks on Lebanese soil, because this hurts the friendly relations between the two countries.” Lebanon’s mufti, who was in Turkey participating in a conference on Muslim-Christian relations in the Arab Spring, also said that Ankara has a role to play in securing the region’s safety and confronting “foreign designs” on the region. He also voiced appreciation for Turkey’s support for Lebanon in its efforts to surmount its many challenges. For his part, Davutoglu said that Turkey does not differentiate between one sect and another, and that his country is concerned with the situation in Lebanon and the region.

Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani said Sunday that Turkey was not responsible for the abduction of Lebanese in Syria, and was not happy with the retaliatory kidnapping of Turkish people in Lebanon. According to the US Embassy in Beruit, Lebanon they do not support the on going kidnappings and worry that the situation could end very violently.

In terms of the US news covering the story, USA Today has a different view when covering it. The USA Today talks more of how this will affect the two countries, as well as to why these two countries did this to each other. The Daily Star covering for Lebanon and Turkey covers the story from the position that it is in fact neither countries fault, rather the citizens involved are in the wrong.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-08-25/syria-rebels/57307018/1

USA Point of View

“Turkey is not a country that kidnaps and it has nothing to do with the abduction of the ten Lebanese in Syria,” Qabbani told reporters after his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He added that Turkey was making efforts to secure the release of the Lebanese and that it was not right to treat Turkey as if it were the kidnapper.The clan said Saturday that Aydin Tufan Tekin, 28, went missing along with five Syrians. The Army said it is looking for the missing individuals. During his brief talk with reporters, Qabbani said: “Reactions in Lebanon should not come in the form of kidnapping Turks on Lebanese soil, because this hurts the friendly relations between the two countries.” Lebanon’s mufti, who was in Turkey participating in a conference on Muslim-Christian relations in the Arab Spring, also said that Ankara has a role to play in securing the region’s safety and confronting “foreign designs” on the region. He also voiced appreciation for Turkey’s support for Lebanon in its efforts to surmount its many challenges. For his part, Davutoglu said that Turkey does not differentiate between one sect and another, and that his country is concerned with the situation in Lebanon and the region.

This ongoing kidnapping is a trivial matter for the two countries and while it may seem as though it is not a big deal it is in fact causing rising emotion. With the rising emotion it is also a situation that shows the two countries trying to work through their problems and while attempting to maintain the peace with their people. This demonstration of an “eye for a eye” is allowing the world to see the efforts of both countries wanting to maintain peace.

Video on the kidnappings

 

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