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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, criticizing the opposition parties for their reactions against the settlement process being conducted by the government to resolve the country's decades-old Kurdish problem, has stated that those who are not part of the solution are part of or supporters of the problem.
In his speech at the 22nd General Assembly of the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) held on Saturday, the prime minister highlighted the necessity of establishing nationwide cooperation to be able to permanently get rid of the long-standing terror problem in Turkey.
Turkish officials and terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan have been engaged in talks since last October for a peaceful end to the 30-year conflict between Turkish security forces and the terrorists. However, the opposition parties -- Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) -- are against the process and refuse to be involved in any initiative to achieve a settlement.
Erdogan, who criticized this attitude during the meeting, said: “We started a process [settlement] and now we have to turn this process into a permanent peace and solidarity in the country. We request that everyone take an active role in achieving this goal and providing sincere support for this. This is not the day for watching from the gallery or playing to the audience. This is not the day for stalking and determining policies according to what will happen. This is not the day for taking a stand against fighting terrorism, which is coming to an end, or creating additional terrorist acts within the country. Those who refuse to be a part of the solution are part of or supporters of the problem.” He added: “We [the government] don't want any person to be isolated from the process while we are rewriting the history of brotherhood in the country. Unfortunately, the CHP and the MHP preferred not to be involved in the process and even resist it. Now, the CHP leader [Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu] says, ‘We don't know or understand anything because nothing is told to us [about the details of the process]. We cannot be a part of a process which we don't know or understand.' How can it be possible that the CHP leader doesn't see or understand what the whole of Turkey sees, understands and feels?”
He also stated that the MHP leader [Devlet Bahçeli] is well informed about the process; he well knows that the peace process is not advantageous for his party and knows an atmosphere in which his party will be able to use the terrorism for their own political motives will be eliminated if the settlement process is achieved. Erdogan further said this is why the MHP leader is trying to create provocations to terrorize the people in the streets with his remarks. “OK, then, the MHP leader should tell the CHP leader what the settlement process is. If the CHP leader still doesn't understand what is going on, we should ask the Wise People's Commission [formed by the government to explain the settlement process and raise the support for it across the country] to talk to the CHP leader.” Erdogan also stated that the CHP, MHP and the Workers' Party (İP) are trying to sabotage the work of the Wise People's Commission and the settlement process, adding that those parties gather a 50 or 100-person group of people in each city where the commission members hold meetings and the groups try to silence the Wise People and prevent their efforts from succeeding.
In response to Erdogan's remarks during the MUSİAD meeting, MHP Leader Bahçeli released a written statement on Saturday stating: “Prime Minister Erdogan went out of control, lost his balance and darkened his conscience as result of the bargain he made with the İmralı murderer [PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan] and the privileges, concessions and gifts he offered to him. He left Turkey to the mercy of death mongers located in Qandil [PKK's headquarters of in the Kandil mountain range in northern Iraq]. … It is a morbid state of affairs that Erdogan watches in silence a process in which the terrorist PKK is gradually gaining the upper hand psychologically and strategically. He even spent some effort to encourage this process. By doing this, Erdogan comes to the fore as one of the hidden supporters of the terrorists.”Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2013, 11:44