Army Chief holds press conference

Turkish Army Chief of General Staff Gen Yasar Buyukanit held a press conference in regard to the security matters that concern today and the future of the Republic of Turkey.

Army Chief holds press conference
Turkish Army Chief of General Staff Gen Yasar Buyukanit held a press conference in regard to the security matters that concern today and the future of the Republic of Turkey.

"Turkish General Staff has not got any information, documents, not even a trace in its archives," said Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit regarding press reports claiming that Turkish Armed Forces would attempt a military coup (in the past).

Holding a press conference in Ankara on Thursday, Gen. Buyukanit reminded that a Turkish magazine published a report containing diary notes claimed to have belonged to retired Turkish Naval Forces Commander Adm. Ozden Ornek.

The article in the magazine claimed that plans were made for two military coups in 2004 (but never materialized).

"I wonder if these (diary notes) are real or not. I can not know its accuracy. In an interview, editor-in-chief of that magazine says diary notes are (self- explaining) documents and General Staff has those documents. I have our whole archives scanned but found nothing," Buyukanit indicated.

Buyukanit said he also spoke with ret. adm. Ornek after news reports were published. "He was quite sad (about allegations). He said he would file a lawsuit," he added.

" Terrorist organization might intensify its activities as of May"

Also stating that Turkish security teams were presently waging several operations against terrorist organization PKK, Buyukanit underlined that terrorist organization could intensify its activities as of May.

Noting that there were several parameters to achieve success in the fight against terrorist PKK, Buyukanit listed these parameters as: making political and military decisions, rendering collaborators ineffective, blocking external support and discouraging members of terrorist organization.

Buyukanit also remarked, "ethnic-based nationalism is the beginning of the way leading to terrorism. PKK is a racist terrorist organization. We are facing a racist terrorism."

"On the other hand, our nationalism is that of Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Ataturk Nationalism does not have an ethnic base. Our constitution is the one based on the citizenship," he underlined.

"Turkey should launch military operation in N Iraq"

 "There is need for a military operation against terrorist organization PKK in the north of Iraq, but a governmental decision (political will) is required for that," Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said.

"I also will focus on fight against terrorism, the situation and recent developments in the north of Iraq, attempts to tire out Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and efforts to create a minority in Turkey," gen. Buyukanit said.

Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit expressed hope Thursday that "Turkey's next president would be sincerely loyal to secular principles."

"We hope that the next president to be elected (soon) would be loyal by heart to secular principles, the unitary structure of the state and basic principles of the Turkish Republic," gen. Buyukanit said.

"I do not harbor any doubt that the next president will not conform to this criteria," he added in response to a question.

No request for mandate over operation

Gen. Buyukanit stated that the military did not asked parliament for a permission to launch a cross border operation into the northern Iraq to hunt down PKK terrorists.

"Parliament's approval is needed (for this) and we would act on a legal mandate," Buyukanit said.

"We would launch an operation and we would be successful if we received such an authorization," he affirmed.

Buyukanit also warned against a danger that Iraq might split into three parts between Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish groups.

"Let's be reasonable. It is extremely difficult that these three groups could live side by side," he said. 
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