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We will not allow terrorism to shape Turkey’s parliamentary politics, PM Erdoğan says. DHA photo

We will not allow terrorism to shape Turkey’s parliamentary politics, PM Erdoğan says. DHA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for its efforts to call an extraordinary session of Parliament to discuss the latest series of clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), describing the attempt as “not only an example of imprudence but also surrender to terrorism.”

“When you look at Spain or Britain, you see opposition parties acting together with the ruling parties against terrorist organizations. The situation in Turkey is totally opposite. The opposition party is making efforts to lend its support to a terrorist organization. The CHP’s attempt to call an extraordinary parliamentary session for Aug. 14 is an example of imprudence as well as surrender to terrorism,” Erdoğan said late Aug. 11, speaking at an iftar dinner in Istanbul.

Responding to the CHP’s appeal to discuss the latest PKK attacks, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek called an extraordinary session of Parliament’s General Assembly for Aug. 14. However, the gathering is unlikely to achieve the required quorum, as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have announced that they will not attend, on the grounds that such a session would demonstrate that the PKK was strong enough to cause Parliament to convene. One third of Parliament members, or 184 lawmakers, must attend the General Assembly in order for an extraordinary session to convene. The CHP and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), who are expected to attend the session, do not hold enough seats to reach the required number.

Terrorism has been used to weaken the government in Turkey, and such efforts are continuing to affect Turkey’s internal politics, Erdoğan said.

“The latest attacks by the terrorist organization [PKK] display that it is the puppet of Turkey’s enemies and serves dark powers. We will not allow terrorism to shape Turkey’s parliamentary politics through the efforts of the main opposition party,” Erdoğan said.

But the CHP is determined in its call for Parliament to meet despite the premier’s criticism. The CHP will hold an extraordinary parliamentary group meeting tomorrow ahead of the extraordinary session of the General Assembly.

August/13/2012

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Stephen Brunette

8/13/2012 9:32:59 PM

I guarantee if it was an AKP member kidnapped, they would convene parliament. And the sad excuse for a deputy PM saying you don't convene parliament "over a few dead soldiers", an incredible and stupid comment, like the deputy PM regularly makes.

Philpot

8/13/2012 6:50:22 PM

@TA when I was young, I thought I would never see the end to the North/South Irish problem, fortunately we had a leader who listened, spoke softly and had both wisdom and humility and using those skills he found a way to talk everyone out of the problem – because no solution was ever going to found from fighting.

Recep Ozel

8/13/2012 3:41:11 PM

Our PM is correct that the parties are not uniting, primarily due to AKP not wanting to meet anyone! In Britain and Spain the Parliament meets regularly to discuss national defence matters!

Tamer Aslantas

8/13/2012 3:35:54 PM

@Murat If Spain or Britain had half of the problems of Turkey they would have killed each others long time ago. It is not easy to please so many groups without hurting the others' interests. Even in Yugoslavia where most of the people are from the same ethnic group they attacked each other like it was nothing. Be glad this isn't happening in Turkey on a big scale. CHP has not changed a bit. Always blaming others but never coming with something good instead.

Murat

8/13/2012 5:13:02 AM

Spain and Britain? They are true democracies Mr Erdogan, where there is true seperation of powers and even their Kings and Queens know their places. Also, their soldiers are not being killed by droves every day, planes shot down and borders violated brazenly. Such a government would not have lasted a week in those countries.

Blue Dotterel

8/13/2012 3:59:41 AM

Erdogan is right, I do not see the government working with the oppostition to solve the terrorist problem, as they would in England or Spain. Maybe, the AKP should get together with the CHP, MHP, and BDP to see if they came come up with a solution.

Foreigner .

8/13/2012 12:56:09 AM

Spot on Mr. Prime Minister - everywhere and anywhere people and parties unite against terrorism. CHP and Kilicdaroglu (so it wasn't only Baykal) are failing miserably. Who's interest is he representing. He just had a deputy kidnapped and no word as yet from CHP. On the other hand, he is loud for accused deputies, for coup plotters, for representatives of terrorists... One month in power with CHP, and Turkey will dissolve.

Tamer Aslantas

8/13/2012 12:14:56 AM

CHP goes at it again! Always giving criticism but never a solution. Instead of uniting against terrorism they do the exact opposite. Opposition has it's boundaries. This is the time to unite!
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