Opposition parties share opinions with PM on anti-terror fight

Opposition parties share opinions with PM on anti-terror fight

Opposition parties share opinions with PM on anti-terror fight

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Turkish opposition parties Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have presented their opinions on the fight against terror during a rendezvous with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said during the Dec. 14 meeting that Turkey should return to normality as terror is eliminated, while adding that it was not a matter that a single party could solve. As such, Kılıçdaroğlu said his party would provide any support to those who take the lead in the battle.

MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, meanwhile, laid out eight suggestions during the meeting, urging political parties and the government to adopt a more comprehensive approach beyond military capabilities. Bahçeli also outlined his party’s conviction that the fight against terror would continue to be carried out with determination. 

Some of Bahçeli’s suggestions included adopting the approach that the fight against terror is beyond “a fight with terrorists;” that there should be a “concept of a fight against terror” that is not just improvised; that a program concentrating on “gaining constituents in the fight against terror” should be introduced; that a “diplomatic action plan” must be employed in addition to a military-based security understanding; and that a renewed training program should be employed for security forces.

Both Bahçeli and Kılıçdaroğlu also argued that there had been security and intelligence failures following recent attacks in the country. 

Kılıçdaroğlu underlined that in basic issues, especially in foreign policy, the prime minister and relevant ministers should take the initiative.