Turkish PM calls for unity after bombings

The bombs, which went off only minutes apart on Sunday evening on a pedestrian street in Turkey's largest city, came hours before court judges began deliberating on a case to close the AK Party on charges of anti-secular activities.

Turkish PM calls for unity after bombings
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for unity in Turkey on Monday after 17 people were killed in two bombings in Istanbul and said a court case to close his ruling party was not currently a priority.

He said on Monday that PKK and their members should lose people's support.

"If people continue supporting political groups backing PKK, then they will continue to become stronger, not weaker," Erdogan told residents in the bomb-hit neighborhood.

Erdogan called for unity among Turkish nation.

The bombs, which went off only minutes apart on Sunday evening on a pedestrian street in Turkey's largest city, came hours before court judges began deliberating on a case to close the AK Party on charges of anti-secular activities.

"Our problem is not whether or not AK Party will be closed. Our problem at the moment is to keep our unity so our country will go in a different direction," Erdogan told residents as he visited the bomb site in Istanbul.

Reuters
Last Mod: 29 Temmuz 2008, 11:41
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