Erdogan says this is day to embrace all ethnicities, CHP MPs walkout

Turkish PM Erdogan defensed Kurdish opening delivering a speech on Democratic initiative at parliament.

Erdogan says this is day to embrace all ethnicities, CHP MPs walkout


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the Turkish Parliament has an obligation to tell certain things to a mother whose son is serving in the military and another mother whose son lost his life on the mountains without communication for years.

Prime Minister Erdogan informed parliamentarians about the government's democratic move process and its content in the parliamentary general assembly which convened to debate "Democratic Move" in Ankara.

The fight against PKK was viewed as merely an issue of security for the past 25 years. Mountains were bombed and cross border operations were waged against PKK, said Erdogan.

"But terror did not end. As such, the fight against terrorism could not be successful simply with security forces," Erdogan said.

"There are psychological, sociological, diplomatic and economic dimensions of the fight against terrorism."

"We have to focus on these dimensions. Since my speech delivered in south-eastern province of Diyarbakir in 2005, we have worked on these dimensions," Erdogan said.

To date, we have made investments worth 15 quadrillion liras in the region in the fields of education, health, justice, security, energy and agriculture, Erdogan stressed.

From now on, babies, children and young individuals should not grow up with feelings of revenge, Erdogan noted.

This is not the day to yell and scream. It is not the day to leave our country on fire and pain with concerns of votes and offices, Erdogan said.

This is the day to think big and embrace, Erdogan said.

Opposition walkout

Regardless of how many ethnic groups there may be, whether it is Turks, Kurds, Circassians, Lazs, Georgians, Abkhazians or Gypsies, we have respect and love for all, Erdogan said.

All ethnic groups are citizens of the Republic of Turkey and we look at them as such. This is the reality, Erdogan also said.

The head and lawmakers from main opposition party, Republican People Party (CHP), walkouted off General Council after Erdogan said "There are someone who thinks they do policy over violence and funeral of martyrs. They are absolutly opposes this process. Moreover, there are someone who waits more martyrs to shoot much more."

Deniz Baykal, hardline leader of CHP, told reporters after walkout that a Primer "shamelessly" imputed opposition with "waiting more death of martyrs."  

PM Erdogan responsed the questions about opposition's walkout, saying that "it is their choice. No need to say anything."

This parliament can not make concessions from its principles established 89 years ago on colorfulness, freedom and democracy, Erdogan said.

Making efforts to prevent the Turkish government from explaining its democratic move and not expressing what they think could not be a style of opposition, Erdogan stressed.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Kasım 2009, 09:28