Turkey lifts controversial security protocol

Interior Ministry said on Thursday Turkey lifted a controversial security protocol after a coup plot report.

Turkey lifts controversial security protocol

Turkey's interior minister said that security and public order protocol, publicly known as EMASYA, was abolished on Thursday.

The move comes after Turkey's top general said on Thursday that the security protocol could be abolished.

"In my earlier meeting with Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, we had agreed on abolishment of the protocol," Besir Atalay told the AA.

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug had a chat with reporters at the General Staff headquarters in Ankara, and said the security and public order protocol, publicly known as EMASYA, could be abolished since there was no need for that protocol.

The protocol allowed the head of a military unit in a province to dispatch soldiers in an emergency without prior approval of the governor. It gave authority to military units to intervene in social incidents on their own decision.

The protocol was signed by the General Staff and the Interior Ministry in 1997, Besir Atalay recalled. He said senior officials of the two bodies jointly signed annulment of the protocol on Thursday.

"We had earlier emphasized that regulations and laws are already detailed enough. We agreed that there is no need for a new protocol or a new regulation," Atalay said.

Current laws empower governors in emergency incidents, he added.

Turkish Daily Taraf recently published a coup plot allegedly drafted by the 1st Army, aiming to drive the country into chaos with false flag operations.

The General Staff announced that the said plot was "the forged and altered version of a routine emergency scenario."

The issue created wide controversy in the media, causing the EMASYA protocol to be questioned publicly, which is considered by some, as the basis of such scenarios.


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