Turkish PM: Opposition hand-in-hand with Assad-UPDATED

Turkish PM Erdogan said that the opposition party is supportive of Syria's Assad and bloody terrorist organizations attacking the stability of the country.

Turkish PM: Opposition hand-in-hand with Assad-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) claims that it is the founder of Turkey and follows the path of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, but conversely its leader supports bloody terrorist organizations and Syria's dictator Bashar al Assad, Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

On a rally in the northern Turkish city of Samsun on Tuesday ahead of weekend local elections, Erdogan again attacked the CHP, saying its leaders were critical of Turkish F-16 jets downing a Syrian fighter jet two days ago.

"The CHP is the founding party of Turkey, but where did it end up? It is now hand-in-hand with terrorist organizations targeting the stability, unity and economic development of Turkey; it is with dictator Assad," he said.

Erdogan told crowds of supporters that backing the CHP meant supporting military coups, oppression and abandoning the values of society.

The Turkish premier also slammed the Gulen movement led by the US-based scholar Fethullah Gulen and reiterated that it was not a religious association but a terrorist organization.

"They carry the characteristics of a terrorist organization. They are targetting the national security of Turkey; they work for international focuses targetting Turkey," he declared.

Erdogan said the government had initiated legal action against the movement and would continue to do so until its influence on the state was removed.

Turkey would respond to attack on its land in Syria

Turkey will retaliate in the case of an attack on the Suleiman Shah Tomb in Syria, Turkey’s only territory beyond its borders, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a televised interview Tuesday night on domestic and foreign policy issues.

"We will do whatever is necessary in the case of a threat towards our territories," said Erdogan.

Protected by Turkish troops, the Suleyman Shah Tomb and the surrounding area are located in Aleppo's Manbij district, approximately 30 km away from the border with Turkey.

The Al Qaeda breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is deadlocked in intense fighting with the main armed opposition group Free Syrian Army (FSA) around the tomb, has allegedly asked Turkish troops to leave the region.

On the downing of a Syrian army aircraft by Turkish fighter jets on Sunday, Erdogan said it was in accordance with the existing engagement rules between the two countries.

Opposition leader hits back

The head of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, hit back at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments, claiming that byt shooting down the Syrian regime warplane Turkey only helped Al Qaeda.

Saying that Erdogan was trying to force Turkey into a war with neighbor Syria, Kilicdaroglu said that Syria was not a threat to Turkey. He also said that the warplane was shot down while still in Syrian airspace.

According the Turkey's Chief of Staff, the warplane had been warned a number of times but had continued to breach Turkish airspace a countless number of times before being shot down.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mart 2014, 14:24