World Bulletin / News Desk
The parliamentary Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission has launched an investigation into the financial losses by the state that surrounded the Feb. 28, 1997 unarmed military intervention, analyzing the accounts of politicians and top military and bureaucratic officials at the time.
A coalition government led by a now-defunct conservative party was forced to step down by the military on Feb. 28, 1997. Not only were fatal blows dealt to fundamental rights and freedoms following the coup, but democracy and the rule of law were also suspended. The coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life. Although the Feb. 28 coup's consequences in social life were apparent, its effects on Turkish finances have gone unexplained for years.
Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Çankırı deputy İdris Şahin, who is the spokesperson for the coup investigation commission in Parliament, told Cihan news agency that the commission has begun to investigate the financial losses caused by the Feb. 28 coup.
“The situation of the banks, the assets of which were transferred to the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency [BDDK] and the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund [TMSF], is important. Who was on the executive board of those banks back then? How much in assets did these banks cause to be lost by the state? These are the questions we will answer. We will also investigate banks' partnerships and changes in administration between 1991 and 2007. We will investigate the bank loans granted [to people] and whether they were paid back. We will investigate the roles of people in the Feb. 28 process who did not pay back their bank loans. We are not accusing anyone [of anything] at the moment, but bank records will reveal everything,” Şahin said.
He also noted that the commission has requested relevant documents from the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), the Prime Ministry, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in addition to the account activities of top military, political and bureaucratic figures at the time from the BDDK and the TMSF.
The advanceof ISIL insurgents to within sight of the Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition.
"Immediately subsequent to the 2015 elections, all parties in the parliament should free themselves from prejudice and come together to write a new constitution based on reconciliation," Erdogan said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "We will fight effectively against both ISIL and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this will always be our priority."
Concerns Kiev could stop gas flow to Turkey and construction of nuclear plant on agenda for Taner Yildiz.
Turkish government's motion for military action against ISIL is extensively covered by Turkish dailies on Wednesday.
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (PYD), a strong affiliate of the Kurdish separatist PKK terrorist organization, asked for weapons from Turley to fight the ISIL.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker called on Turkey to 'lift barriers' for American investment in the country.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a special 'solution process council' will guide government's efforts to solve the Kurdish issue.
The newly-submitted motion, seeking parliamentary mandate for military action, cites the rising threats on southern borders as a motive.
A Turkish warship was harrassed in international waters, while a Turkish training aircraft was tracked in international air space.
Turkey's energy minister says the strength of the dollar has made next month's price hike inevitable. But Turkish consumers currently pay lowest prices for gas among EU countries.
Tuesday's papers covered Turkish army's deploying armored vehicles and tanks along the Syrian border after mortar rounds fired by ISIL militants fell on Turkish territory.
Rumors have been circulating the media that the ISIL had surrounded the base at the Suleiman Shah tomb and taken patrolling Turkish soldiers “hostage” since last December.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said parliamentary mandates that sanction cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria will be boosted.
Relations between Egypt and Turkey have taken a turn for the worse since Morsi's ouster by the military.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala called on the UN and nations to assist with the refugee crisis on Turkey's southern border.