Turkey to make legal arrengements for special border troops

Turkey's deputy PM said that Turkey would make required legal arrangements for border troops.

Turkey to make legal arrengements for special border troops

 

Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Friday that Turkey would make required legal arrangements for border troops.

Turkey's State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said a legal status for those who would serve border units would be found and necessary legal arrangements would be made.

"As they will undertake a certain risk, we will have to give them personal rights," Cicek told a televised interview.

Cicek said the government had not yet discussed details regarding border troops.

Minister Cicek's remarks came immediately after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in a party meeting in which he said Turkey would establish special border troops, not a special army to counter terrorism and appoint experienced military staff to those border units for five years or for a longer time.

"The targets of terrorism do not change every hour or every day, but its instruments, slogans and methods change," Cicek said.

Cicek said measures to counter terrorism could not be static when terrorism was so dynamic, and measures had to be updated.

"We have seen that it will be beneficial if a professional team undertakes fight against terrorism," he said.

Cicek said the professional team would be trained within the current branches of the state and within the framework of state regulations.

"It will not be a separate army or be under the responsibility of a separate commander," he said.

Cicek said the professional team would get a good training, and know well about the area where it would serve since it would stay there for a long period of time.

"This training will be one through which the professional team can establish good relations and can differentiate between the terrorist and the innocent people," Cicek said.

Cicek also said that the target of all political parties, the government and the opposition, should be to ensure peace, brotherhood and well-being of the country.

Minister Cicek defined Prime Minister Erdogan's recent meetings with opposition leaders regarding terrorism as fruitful, and said the relations had normalized.

Throughout this week, Erdogan has met with chairpersons of Democratic Left Party (DSP), Grand Unity Party (BBP), Felicity Party (SP) and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

Last Saturday, Premier Erdogan had sent letters to CHP, DSP, BBP and SP to arrange meetings with the leaders of these parties to seek support for concerted action against escalating terror acts.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2010, 15:17
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