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Turkey desperately needs more dialogue and democracy to solve its woes, President Gül says amid an ongoing row on today’s Republic Day festivities

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Turkey’s priorities remain the promotion of democracy, the expansion of fundamental rights, continued EU reforms and the maintenance of dialogue as the best way to solve problems, President Abdullah Gül has said in his Republic Day message, indirectly addressing the government.

“Turkey’s priorities and targets are well-known. In order to be a powerful country of the new world order, I want once again to recall our priorities which require great care,” Gül said in his statement.

Gül will host senior government and military officials and their spouses at the Presidential Palace for the Oct. 29 Republic Day reception today, marking a first as previous high-ranking army officers refused to attend the receptions because of their headscarf sensitivity. Citing democracy and the republic as the country’s most important values and placing great importance on a new libertarian and democratic Constitution, Gül said: “Our common target is a Turkey in which all of us live in democracy and freedom and use rights and freedoms at a universal standard. Basically, the environment of freedom is the power giving life to democracy.”

Calling on political parties not to waste time on unnecessary discussions and to adopt “the culture of compromise,” foster dialogue and solve problems with common sense, Gül said. In the meantime, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday said Turkey would continue its march to the bright future by embracing its values, vowing, “They will not allow any power, any dirty intention to stop this march.”

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Sid Mark

10/29/2012 9:37:40 PM

He is the old lady in modern day politics.

Hashim Unais

10/29/2012 9:29:57 PM

Turkey is not Muslim Country, its a country with Muslim Majority, As we Know, In Democracy the Majority decides its Course.Mr.Erdogan was Elected with a Majority, so what the big fuss? you have to wait and see. Former Governments before Erdogan, were not Good either, present Regime has brought Turkey to proud Dynamic Nation, Its prime Culture is Islamic Secularism was Forced in Turkey by Powers, in 1924. Turkey is a Regeonal Power, to fill the Vacuum, left by Egypt

Ottoman Reactionary

10/29/2012 8:29:27 PM

Secularism mean: Promoting dominant religion, aligning laws with dominant religion and TOLERANCE for other religions. What people want here is atheism. Atheism is not welcome and never will be!

Hakan Salci

10/29/2012 6:46:37 PM

Mr. Gul, instead of being a puppet act like a President and take ownership of the office you represent. You are the Head of State who is supposed to be impartial; that unfortunately is so far from the truth. You talk about democracy etc. etc. but say nothing about people naturally wanting to celebrate Republic Day being sprayed with pepper spray and water cannon.

Murat

10/29/2012 4:30:26 PM

It is not as if it is the birthday of Muohammed, or some holy day! We should wait for something worthwhile like 10th or 20th anniversary of AKP, or Erdogan's wedding anniversary to celebrate as a nation, not the birth of this Republic!

turk oz

10/29/2012 9:41:20 AM

Happy CUMHURIYET BAYRAMI to all the Turkish people. One thing President Gul can do and should do is thank to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk if he is real Turkish president. Please show us all the Turks Mr. Gul. I really like his wife Hayrinussa.Gul.We can never bring great country Turkey back to dark ages. Ne Mutlu Turkum diyene

Faruk Beisser

10/29/2012 9:10:33 AM

Poor Gül, the loneny caller in the desert! And yes, yes to the Great Leader, let no one stop you from turning Turkey into another Iran, institute more islamist kangaroo courts and place all opposition in concentration camps a la Silivri! Hooray, hooray, hooray!

Biricik

10/29/2012 8:32:24 AM

Mr. President, let your wife dress in modern clothes!

jeffrey Jeffrey

10/29/2012 4:15:01 AM

Democracy is a secular concept. It doesnt fit in with the theocratic agenda of Der Spiritual Fuher (Erdogan). I expect to see him strip Kemal Ataturk from currency next. My only hope is that the CHP get their act together and start to become an effective oppositiion. I doubt this will happen any time soon.

mara mcglothin

10/29/2012 1:02:48 AM

S President Gul could start the democratic ball rolling toward comprimis by refusing to sue people for insult. It looks like there are quite a few who have dirty intentions.
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