POLITICS > Parliament can't meet over 'a few killed soldiers,' AKP deputy head says


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Hüseyin Çelik. AA photo

Hüseyin Çelik. AA photo

Turkish Parliament cannot meet regarding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party’s (PKK) "raiding a place" and "killing a few soldiers," the ruling party's deputy chairman said yesterday. 

Members of the PKK kidnapped a deputy from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) in the southeastern province of Tunceli yesterday, causing the party to redouble their calls for an extraordinary meeting of Parliament, which is currently in summer recess.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy chairman Hüseyin Çelik dismissed the CHP's calls during an interview on broadcaster Habertürk yesterday, according to daily Hürriyet, saying that calling an extraordinary meeting of Parliament would allow the PKK to set the political agenda in Turkey.

"Parliament can meet if necessary, of course," Çelik said. "But we cannot allow the organization to set the agenda just because they raided a place and killed a few soldiers."

The fact that a lawmaker from Turkish Parliament was kidnapped by the PKK would not change the AKP's stance, Çelik added.

An extensive 19-day military operation against the PKK in the southeastern province of Hakkari ended on Aug. 11. The CHP had asked the government to inform the public about the scale of the operations and the situation in the country's southeast, calling for an extraordinary meeting of Parliament. The government had rejected the call, saying that now was "a time to act and not to talk."

CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said the main opposition party would be present at Parliament tomorrow. 


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sam stevens

8/13/2012 6:57:01 PM

'Over a few soldiers' how shocking, that statement would mean a resignation would demanded in a British parliament.


8/13/2012 4:54:20 PM

Shameful... amazing that they have never been held accountable after all the mishaps and failures. They only want the accolades for their accomplishments. Voting masses have been mostly bought off it seems.

mara mcglothin

8/13/2012 4:45:59 PM

A perfect example of what the AKP is best at---open mouth insert foot! It is not so much what was said, BUT how it was said that is the problem. Looks like the AKP has covered the market on lack of tact. No true diplomats available. Very sad to make such a poor showing on the World stage.

Tamer Aslantas

8/13/2012 2:04:12 PM

It's not about 'a few' killed soldiers any more. But I understand that there can't be a meeting every time some soldiers die. The comment is not normal of course. You are talking about the lives of our young brave men who gave their lives to protect this country against terrorists and other scum like that!

Kemal Candar

8/13/2012 1:55:22 PM

I suppose his sons never have served or never will serve in the army because he has enough money to buy them free. If they might serve he'll have his connections to let them serve in the western (safe) part of Turkey.

two sides to every coin

8/13/2012 1:09:18 PM

All Turks will never say there is a place called Kudistan. But AKP are doing business regarding oil and gas directly with the Kurdish in N Iraq this autonomous area of land they call Kurdistan. These same people fund the PKK, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to see what is more important to this government money or young soldiers being killed on a daily basis. It is like global warming everyone wants to stop it, but nothing is seriously done.

Faruk Beisser

8/13/2012 12:58:25 PM

Typical Gülen's AKP reaction! Abduction of an opposition member? Saves money for not having to charge him with an overthrow attempt. A few soldiers? With having generals imprisoned, why should AKP care about low ranks?

The Prisoner

8/13/2012 12:43:54 PM

You've got the Polis (AKP private army) killing people over misdemeanours and the goverment insulting the brave defenders who are murdered on a weekly basis whilst they deliver sermons on piousness.

Recep Ozel

8/13/2012 12:27:39 PM

This is disgusting. He should lose his job immediately. Also, it is interesting that much of the Turkish media is not even reporting this!

john albay

8/13/2012 12:19:08 PM

perhaps one day the soldier will not think it worthwhile to come back off leave for the goverment to fight,then they will have a real problem!!! It is a disgrace that this man does not think it important to come back from holiday after the lives of our brave soldiers have been spent on doing what the goverment wants!! He must be kicked out of parliment as soon as possable!!Long live our brave soldiers.
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