Turkey's Gul defends military over 'unjust' criticism

Turkish President Gul said that unjust imputations were underway recently particularly against Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkey's Gul defends military over 'unjust' criticism

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Wednesday the military was facing "unnecessary and unjust" criticism, comments that appeared aimed at easing tensions with the armed forces over suspected anti-government conspiracies.

Turkish President Gul said that unjust imputations were underway recently particularly against Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

"Don't harm the institutions unjustly," President Gul told reporters at Cankaya Palace.

Gul said Turkey's judicial system was at the level of developed countries, indicating that, "we should adapt ourselves to this".

Asked to comment on the searches and investigation carried out in Mobilization Regional Command in Ankara, Gul said there were laws and everybody would abide by the laws.

Eight army officers had been detained on December 19 on charges of monitoring an area near the house of Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and plotting an assassination against Arinc. The officers were later released after being interrogated.

Asked what should be done to normalise Turkey as of 2010, Gul said, "every country has problems. However, I consider negotiations with the EU as essential for Turkey. Turkey is a negotiating country with the EU and our road map is definite. Turkey upgrades its democratic standards."

Gul also said efforts were underway in Turkey to upgrade standards in areas of health, education, and jurisdiction.

Arinc said on Monday there was evidence that some people had "possible bad intentions" but that it was inaccurate to describe it as an assassination attempt.


Agencies


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