Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız speaks at Parliament. AA Photo
The coal mine in Soma, where 301 people lost their lives last week after a tragic accident, was indisputably flawed, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız admitted on May 20, warning that the disaster was “an important threat.”
“If a disaster is not a natural one, there is always a flaw. If what had happened was a natural disaster, flaws could be subject to debate. But in this case, the flaws are indisputable,” Yıldız said during an address to lawmakers at Ankara
about the rescue efforts he coordinated in the wake of the accident.
“We see this accident as a very important threat. We must bring a new dimension to this prosecution in comparison with those that were made before,” Yıldız said, while vowing for a comprehensive investigation.
“The Soma accident has to be examined in terms of human, political, administrative, judicial and technical monitoring,” Yıldız said.
The accident has also sparked vast criticism, particularly regarding accountability and safety checks in the mines. Yıldız was on the forefront of the accusations directed at the government, along with Labor Minister Faruk Çelik.
Yıldız has rejected the criticism, saying the government considers the disaster as an incident “above politics.”
Yıldız also said families have received financial help for funerals and added the state will provide help for the education of the victims’ children.