Turkey’s top business body calls for progress in coalition government talks
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
CİHAN photoTurkey’s top business group called on the political parties to continue negotiations seeking to form a coalition government as soon as possible amid rising violence due to terror attacks on Aug. 11.
While welcoming the coalition efforts ongoing since July, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) said in a written statement they expected these efforts to reach a conclusion soon.
“We expect that the search for a negotiation will be persistently maintained and the work to form a government will bear fruit in the soonest time, also that the government to be formed will take the steps that can make progress on [the country’s] economic and social development level,” a part of the statement read.
TÜSİAD also mentioned recent attacks against Turkish security personnel across the country, saying the Turkish people did not have the tolerance to hear about deaths caused by terror attacks, which reminded the entire nation of the bloody 1990s, when clashes between the Turkish army and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) reached a peak.
“None of us has the tolerance to relive the environment of terror and violence as in the past. We agree with the calls for an end to terror organizations’ attacks, and we condemn, once again, the terror and violence,” it read.
Additionally, the statement called on the parliament and government to be formed in order to handle this “deep trouble” at a fast pace and establish social peace and conciliation.
“Common will and awareness is the principal strength of our country against violence and terror. Along with a fight against terror, democratic gains should be preserved and boosted,” added the statement.
TÜSİAD repeated its call conveyed through contacts in Ankara after the June 7 parliamentary election and urged the political parties and their leaders to establish peace, praising the negotiation talks between the sides, despite their opposing positions.