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The security summit with the participation of PM Erdogan, FM Gul and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. The statement issued after the meeting said the combat against terrorism was Turkey's priority and stressed the harmony between the government and the General Staff. Gen. Buyukanit and force commanders demanded the acceleration of the purchase of equipment needed for combat against terrorism.
PM Erdogan does not agree with Chief of General Staff Buyukanit who says an operation to the North of Iraq is necessary: "What do they say 'there are 500 terrorists in the North of Iraq and 5,000 in the mountains of Turkey. Did the combat against the 5,000 terrorists in the mountains of Turkey end, so that we can come to the phase where we will hunt down the 500?"
"There are 500 terrorists in northern Iraq. There are 5,000 terrorists in mountains in Turkey. Has the fight with the 5,000 terrorists inside Turkey ended, that we should now be talking about northern Iraq?" Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "Of course, the politicians make the final decision on priorities. We have consultative organs while making the final decision. This is the security forces," Erdogan added. Erdogan said, "moreover, it is obvious who opposed to March 1st motion. Those who opposed to March 1st motion, now continuously talk about north of Iraq," Erdogan emphasized.
Upon an escalation in number of terrorist activities, a decision has been made to send Special Operation teams to eastern and southeastern cities of Sirnak, Hakkari and Siirt. 123 special team members will be send to the region next week.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given the message that he did not agree with the General Staff's view that a cross-border military operation in northern Iraq would be beneficial in the fight against terrorism. "There are 500 terrorists in northern Iraq. There are 5,000 terrorists in mountains in Turkey. Has the fight with the 5,000 terrorists inside Turkey ended, that we should now be talking about northern Iraq?" Erdogan said.
The security summit at the Prime Ministry Office did not give the message of a possible cross-border military operation in northern Iraq. The statement released at the end of the meeting read, "Turkey will maintain its fight against terrorism with great determination on the basis of democracy and rule of law.
Famous journalist Ufuk Guldemir, founder and chairman of the Executive Board of Turkish news channel Haberturk, was laid to rest in Istanbul. A funeral took place in front of Haberturk Headquarters in Istanbul. His family, relatives, friends and colleagues paid their last tribute to Guldemir with Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" upon his last will. Guldemir died of cancer two days ago at the age of 51.
Cross-border operation to the North of Iraq is the last option to think about. We have to give precedence to domestic operations. There are 500 terrorists in the north of Iraq. Did the combat against the 5000 terrorists in the mountains of Turkey end, so that we can come to the phase where we will hunt down the 500? If this not an inevitable move yet, why should we take these steps that would jeopardise the election process. What did this administration lack in combat about terrorism to deserve the remark 'Murderer Government'? Those who chanted this slogan will be sued. Some Retired Generals create a negative atmosphere with remarks that exceed the limits of respect at TV Channels. For a stronger democracy let's show our unity. As a Prime Minister, I want your help. Whether civil organisations, or political parties, let's form a joint platform against terrorism.
Four messages emerged from the terror summit in Ankara. The meeting under the chairmanship of PM Erdogan lasted two hours and 45 minutes. "The combat against terrorism is above political concerns... the proceedings are carried out in harmony and coordination and the combat will continue within the boundaries of democracy with the joint effort of all related bodies," said the statement issued after the summit.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed harsh reaction against the call of General Staff for a cross-border operation, protests in the funerals of martyred soldiers, and the criticisms of the retired generals against the government. Erdogan also criticized TUSIAD who said, "first the security and later economy," saying; "all those are wrong approaches. You won't be able to ensure security tomorrow if you don't have economic power."
In a statement released after the Security Summit held under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it was stated that, "fight against terrorism is the primary agenda topic of the country, and that the government and the Turkish Armed Forces carried out their works in full harmony." The statement also underscored that terrorism would be eliminated.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given messages about northern Iraq in parallel with the United States, indicating that Turkey should focus on fighting with terrorists at home rather than in northern Iraq. "There are 500 terrorists in northern Iraq. There are 5,000 terrorists in mountains in Turkey. Has the fight with the 5,000 terrorists inside Turkey ended, that we should now be talking about northern Iraq?," he advocated.
The latest report prepared by security forces on activities of the terrorist organization PKK revealed that there are at least 3,800 PKK members sheltered in northern Iraq. According to the report, the terrorist organization aimed at reaching attack capability it had back in 1990s.
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said that the terrorism in Turkey was fed from northern Iraq. "Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks show that he did not comprehend the issue at all," he said. Baykal added that the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party failed to pursue a correct policy against terrorism.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "the Higher Board for Countering Terrorism convened on March 12th. During the meeting, I asked top military officials whether Turkey needed anything in its fight against terrorism. All their requirements were met." "We should make a domestic vs. external distinction in our fight against terrorism. Our fight against terrorism at home will be further intensified. However, we are also obliged to further strengthen our democracy," he added.
Recent acts of terror was high on agenda of the security meeting president by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The statement released at the end of the meeting indicated that counter-terrorism was the top priority of Turkey. The statement also gave the message that the government, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the relevant institutions had been working in full harmony to eradicate terrorism.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged to do everything in their power to obliterate the terrorist organization PKK. But she added that a possible Turkish intervention in northern Iraq would not serve anyone's interests.
Message of determination emerged from the security summit that convened under the chairmanship of PM Erdogan and lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. "It was once more assessed that our government, Turkish Armed Forces and security forces work in harmony and coordination in fight against terrorism... As it always has been, combat against terrorism will continue within the boundaries of democracy and on the basis of rule of law with the joint effort and collaboration of all related bodies," said the statement issued after the meeting.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said all needs of the military were met. "I have asked to the commanders a short time ago if there was something that they needed and we have not given them. They said no." "Has the fight with the 5,000 terrorists inside Turkey ended, that we should now be talking about northern Iraq? First of all, let us deal with the terrorists inside Turkey. We should first of all think of the political, military and economic aspects of the operation. Economic force is needed for security. Democracy is more important than everything for us at the time being. Terrorist attacks aim at weakening democracy. Let us not be deceived by those games," Erdogan said.
A fighter jet, that is on a training flight prior to joint military exercise with the United States, Pakistan and Jordan, crashed near Kuyubasi village in Yunak town of central Anatolian city of Konya. The pilot jumped out of the plane and survived the crash.
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