World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday responded to a letter sent to him by the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, which included criticism of the government's policies on Syria.
The prime minister responded with a letter of his own saying that Kılıçdaroğlu's claim that Turkey has failed to “bring its power into play,” insinuating that it could have done so, “is untrue.”
“In your letter, you ignore the fact that the Syrian regime's insistence on carrying out its massacre simply axes any kind of solution [to the Syrian crisis],” Erdoğan added.
He also criticized the CHP leader's recent proposal to address the Syrian crisis. Earlier this month, Kılıçdaroğlu explained his party's “road map” to address the Syrian crisis, proposing that Parliament hold an urgent session on Syria and call for an international conference under the auspices of the UN.
He said the conference should involve a three stage approach towards finding a solution. The first should focus on the opinions and statements of representatives of the Syrian regime and the opposition. In the second stage, he said, there should be an agreement concerning initial negotiations and that the Syrian sides should be urged to reach an agreement and talks should continue until they reach a deal. He said in the third stage, the document on the agreement between the two sides should be voted on at the conference before it is submitted to the UN Security Council, adding that a peacekeeping force should be established to ensure the implementation of any agreement reached.
Erdoğan criticized the CHP's suggested plan for “being represented as if it was a new and original plan, even though it was one that Turkey had been working on since March 2011, and which was also mentioned in the declaration released after a meeting of world powers on the Syrian crisis on June 30.”
Draft constitution needs 330 votes to pave the way for referendum
Defense minister's suggestion of going back to 1920 Treaty of Sevres harmful to bilateral ties, foreign ministry says
Move by Turkey's main stock exchange follows President Erdogan's call to support local currency against US dollar
A protest outside Istanbul University had been organised by religious student associations who called for "imperialist Russia to leave Syria".
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth.
Fetullah Gulen among 108 suspects named in investigation into alleged match-fixing scandals
These developments will be a footnote to our economy, says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
At the 14th hearing of the case against Mavi Marmara, the prosecutor demanded that the case be dropped in accordance with the agreement signed with Israel.
3 soldiers also injured when PKK terror tried to infiltrate a military base
Turkish, German leaders discuss peace talks in Cyprus and conflict-hit Syrian city of Aleppo
Police source says arrest of Halfeti Mayor Mustafa Bayram is part of anti-terror investigation
The best way is going to the people even if the proposed changes get 367 votes in parliament, says Numan Kurtulmus
Ankara becomes six-month chair of Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation
Infamous 1916 agreement carved Near East up into British, French zones of influence
FETO designated terrorist organization in final declaration of Asian Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Cambodia
The law is very clear, a referendum is expected within 60 says after Parliament concludes negotiations, PM says