World Bulletin / News Desk
In his first official statement since an audio recording of a top secret security meeting between senior Turkish officials was leaked on the internet, Turkish president Abdullah Gul said the leak exposed Turkey's national security weaknesses.
Calling the illegal wiretapping of the meeting an act of espionage against the security of the state, Gul said ''the wiretapping of a meeting between the state's most important bureaucratic heads is a huge act of insolence.''
Revealing that he has discussed the issue with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gul swore to expose those behind the plot and give them the heaviest possible punishment.
A video that appeared on Youtube on Thursday showed that the meeting was spied on while possible threats to the Tomb of Suleiman Shah - Turkey's only exclave in Turkish territory in Aleppo, Syria - were being discussed.
Turkey's Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek stated that Turkey’s national security could be threatened by the wiretapping scandal.
“It is obvious that the ones doing this want to drag our country into chaos and political uncertainty,” stated Cicek,
“The ones who did this should know they have committed a crime against their homeland”.
In a press meeting in western Bursa province, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said such operations had the common aim of undermining the Turkish government and discrediting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and that after this Sunday's local elections in Turkey, all such acts would be examined by the Turkish judiciary and necessary administrative precautions would be taken.
CALLS FOR UNITY
Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister urged citizens Friday to act as one for national security, after a video revealing eavesdropping on a high-level security meeting was posted on Youtube.
“This is not just a matter of politics; this is a matter of national security,” Taner Yildiz said. “All opposition parties and citizens must react as one.”
Speaking to the private Turkish news channel Haberturk, Yildiz said the government had chosen to temporarily block Youtube for national security purposes.
He stressed that common sense among the public has been increasing since the video’s release Thursday, as more people recognize it as an attack on political stability rather than just the ruling AK Party.Last Mod: 28 Mart 2014, 17:16