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CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu criticized Turkish PM Erdoğan’s foreign policy towards civil war-hit Syria in a speech in Antalya May 26. AA photo

CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu criticized Turkish PM Erdoğan’s foreign policy towards civil war-hit Syria in a speech in Antalya May 26. AA photo

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of “providing training to terrorists in Syria.”

Criticizing Erdoğan’s foreign policy towards civil war-hit Syria, Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed the Prime Minister’s visit to the bombed Turkish town of Reyhanlı. 

“You have no idea about Reyhanlı, you do not know their problems. You do not know the locals’ crafts issues. You are the man who trains members of terrorist organizations and sends them into Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, you are the terrorist leader for Syria,” Kılıçdaroğlu said May 26 in Antalya where he met the leaders of his party’s regional city branches. 

Kılıçdaroğlu also said he knew that Erdoğan would file a claim for compensation for his words likening him to Syria leader Bashar al-Assad, but added Erdoğan would be “a coward” if he would not do so.

May/26/2013

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B Medic

5/28/2013 1:49:21 AM

I thought it was not possible for CHP to get a worse leader than Deniz Baykal, but Kilicdaroglu has proved me wrong. He is a loose cannon. During the negotiations with the Kurds, he accused the Government of the wildest things. In Brussels 2 weeks ago, he behaved completely farcically and now this. Wild accusations and no evidence for his claims at all. What's next; Will he claim that Erdogan founded PKK and has always been its secret leader?

Ottoman Reactionary

5/27/2013 9:35:49 AM

It's not that I don't like CHP, it's just they are undergoing heavy reforms after 80's and 90's. CHP need strong people, clean and simple concept of party. Can't mix Kemalist Isolation politics with modern Social Democracy. AKP has a vision, goals, people that's what CHP needs to counter AKP in next elections.

Halit Nofal

5/27/2013 12:49:46 AM

I never seen a cult of AKP haters like on here , wow you people are something , but you know what .. Turkey elected Mr.Erdoğan not once , not twice but three times ... and people like Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu want Turkey to go backward to stone ages and to keep the country living in fear from this imaginary enemy who happened to be AKP this time ... cheers & VIVA Erdoğan

The Prisoner

5/27/2013 12:46:18 AM

@kalam kalam, you're totally wrong re: the stance of AKP being admired, Western governments may also be on side (but I think it's more because they don't like Asaad) but the majority of their voters are against any assistance being given to either side. More and more people are complaining to their MPs in UK about the government's backing of the rebels, soon it will end.

Shahpur

5/27/2013 12:12:12 AM

The father of modern Turkey Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, saved whatever he could after the first world war, and after the BETRAYAL OF THE ARABS. He changed the fundamentals of the Turkish Society, and founded the modern Turkey. But what is going on now, Turks should think about it SERIOUSLY. I salute the CHP for standing up.

kalam kalam

5/26/2013 10:19:04 PM

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is most insane person. He has no feeling for people being killed by his friend Assad. Turkish government stands on Syria is reasonable and justified admired by world. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is need to show some sympathy towards refugee rather than creating nonsense like Iranian.

Mike Newman

5/26/2013 9:30:41 PM

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is a very mean spirited guy. He is not doing his job in a properly assertive, constructive way. He is not a modern leader of a democratic political party. If he has evidence for his claim against the PM, there are may ways in Turkiye to prove it, like an inquiry in the Turkish congress, a legal court case, etc. Calling the PM “providing training to terrorists in Syria.”is not leadership, nor is it a service to Turkish nation.

The Prisoner

5/26/2013 8:47:17 PM

I'm not sure how Turks perceive Erdogan at the moment but Kemal Bey's words are being echoed throughout Europe and the US by normal working people. Already fed up with their own governments' meddling in Syria, they do not feel well disposed towards Turkiye either. Beware the AKP are taking the country down a lonely road.

Ottoman Reactionary

5/26/2013 8:07:41 PM

I am sorry for Turkish democracy. Is this guy (Kemal) secretly working for AKP? I mean is this THE BEST he can do? I am really sorry for CHP.

Pawel Bury

5/26/2013 7:37:14 PM

He is very right!
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