Syrian rebels moved HQ ‘thanks to CHP’
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
‘According to the latest reports, the FSA has moved to Syria. If the CHP had not objected, foreign soldiers would still be deployed on Turkish soil,’ Kılıçdaroğlu tells party officials.The moving of the rebel Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) command center from Turkey to Syria took place thanks to his party’s efforts, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.
“The government had allowed foreign soldiers to be deployed on Turkish soil. Turkey became aware of this reality when our fellow lawmakers attempted to visit the camp at which foreign soldiers were based. We warned the government that the situation was unconstitutional on a number of occasions,” Kılıçdaroğlu said yesterday. “According to the latest reports, the FSA has moved to Syria. If the CHP had not objected, foreign soldiers would still be deployed on Turkish soil.”
The presence of Syrian rebel soldiers in Turkey became a controversial issue earlier this month, after a CHP delegation was not allowed to visit the Apaydın refugee camp near Hatay, hosting defected Syrian soldiers. Parliament’s Human Rights Commission visited the camp on Sept. 3 and refuted the rumors that militants were being trained there. The FSA last week announced that its command base had moved from Turkey to “liberated areas” inside Syria.
Kılıçdaroğlu also said Turkey was isolated in the region due to the current government’s foreign policy. “Every country aims to create a congenial environment and make allies through its foreign policy, but Turkish foreign policy has recently been based on making enemies. We have no allies in the Middle East or in our neighborhood. Everybody remains distant from Turkey,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kılıçdaroğlu accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of acting in line with U.S interests and accused him of treason over a Wikileaks cable dating back to June 6, 2003.
Referring to the book titled “Leakage: Prominent Turks in the Wikileaks cables” by journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Barış Pehlivan, Kılıçdaroğlu said Erdoğan had promised to open Turkish air space and two sea ports to the U.S. in 2003, but that this had been opposed by a number of high-ranking generals.
“A prime minister who protects a foreign country’s benefits instead of his own country’s [interests] cannot be the prime minister of Turkey. A man who does not protect his own country and its interests is called a traitor,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.