Turkey's powerful armed forces released an 'early' Victory Day statement on Monday claiming that efforts were being made on a daily basis to undermine the secular republic.
The comments came a day before Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) candidate Abdullah Gül is expected to be elected president in the third round of voting. Gül's presidency has been eyed suspiciously by the military because of his past in Islamist politics and his wife's headscarf.
"Unfortunately every day in different ways furtive plans appear that aim to undo the modern advances and ruin the Turkish Republic's secular and democratic structure," Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt said in a statement published on Aug. 27 to mark Victory Day on Aug. 30.
Büyükanıt said attacks against the military had increased. "The purpose of such attacks is well understood by the members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The separatists who cannot accept Turkey's unitary structure and centers of evil that try to undermine the country's secular structure with a systematic approach are being watched by our entire nation."
The statement also highlighted the constitutional definition of Turkish citizenship. The remark comes at a time when the AK Party introduced plans for a new and more democratic constitution -- including changes to its definition of citizenship.
"The TSK, maintaining its long-held position, will never sway from its determined stance and its duty of protecting and watching over the democratic, secular ... Turkish Republic," Büyükanıt said.
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