World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday said that "positive and negative developments in the world, around Turkey and within Turkey, no doubt, made this legislative year more sensitive than previous ones".
Turkish parliament reconvened on Monday after a summer recess. The parliament convened in a special session under the chairmanship of Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek.
Making the opening remarks of the new legislative year at the Turkish Parliament, President Gul said that he believed all those who participated in the elections and won the title of a deputy should be able to join in legislative works until a definite legal decision came out.
"Any absence in the composition of the Turkish Parliament would help nothing but postpone solutions," Gul stated.
"Every new day, new beginning brings new hopes. At a time when global changes are taking place in economy, social lives and political fields, the Turkish Parliament is the most important institution that the nation has confidence in for the solution of all kinds of problems," Gul noted.
"Let us approach our thoughts and concerns with empathy. Let us continue to talk the truth but refrain from an attitude that alienates ourselves from each other," Gul stressed.
"As we know from past experiences and political history, a legislative year continues the way it begins," Gul stated.
"Turkey's relations with its neighbors are getting tested nowadays," Gul said.
"The peoples of Arabic countries destroyed the walls of fear in incidents that took place in the past two years. These peoples acted for freedom, justice and better economic conditions. This deep rooted movement in the Arab world is completely local and is a struggle for rights, laws and honor," Gul expressed.
Touching on Syria, President Gul said that Syria was destroying itself.
"Our preference is to see a Syria whose people are happy," Gul said.
"We are facing a regime in Syria that attacks its own citizens with heavy weapons. We have displayed a principled stance without discriminating among races, religions, sects or ideologies," Gul underlined.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2012, 16:27