Turkish Opposition Supports Cross border Operation

ANKARA (Zaman)–Opposition parties in the parliament have given their full support to the Turkish cabinet’s statement that ‘Turkey is going to make full use of its international rights to prevent terrorist attacks against the country,’ Zaman Daily reports.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) said the decision may even be called a belated one–while the True Path Party (DYP) said they would fully support the government in a "cross-border operation."

The Motherland Party said Turkey should risk everything for the unity of the country.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) stated Turkey’s legitimate defense right is fully supported in international law–while the Great Union Party (BBP) announced Turkey should enter northern Iraq and eradicate terrorism by implementing permanent measures.

CHP’s Parliamentary Group Deputy Leader Ali Topuz held a news conference at the parliament and gave his assessment on the stance the government has taken to combat terrorism.

Citing that Turkey does not need permission from other countries to implement counter-terrorism offensives–Topuz said–"Turkey has the right–and is even obliged to eradicate terrorism at its source."

Topuz asked the government not to follow the "suggestions intended to distract the nation," which are likely to come from the United States and Iraq–and warned that if the government followed such suggestions and its failure to carry out defense operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)–would result in a greater situation.

In a news conference held at the party’s headquarters–Motherland Party leader Erkan Mumcu announced his party’s support for the notion of a cross-border operation.

Mumcu called on the Parliament to convene an extraordinary session and issue a "joint declaration" on the issue.

Mumcu asked the government to employ good judgment–and said Turkey should show its determination to use its legitimate rights within the framework of international law when its national security is in danger of being compromised.

Addressing members of the press outside the parliament building in Ankara–DYP leader Mehmet Agar stressed that Turkey may implement its rights under international law if diplomatic efforts prove fruitless.

Asking the government to be courageous–Agar said–"Our opposition will not go beyond Habur.

Counter-terrorism is a totally national concept and we fully support the government if Turkey is to take a step in this direction."

MHP leader Devlet Bahceli issued a written statement saying that terrorist actions aimed at compromising the country’s security and national unity have started to escalate to a dangerous level.

Bahceli pointed out all the necessary measures must be taken for an effective struggle against terrorism and political divisiveness–as he called for a total mobilization to ensure this.

BBP leader Muhsin Yazicioglu gave an assessment on the issue during a visit to the office of the Saglik-Is (Trade Union for Health).

Yazicioglu also said that Turkey should launch a cross-border operation–adding that those supporting terrorism should be considered "the enemy" no matter where they are in the world and they should be punished.

Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer–in a written statement–emphasized the right to conduct a cross-border operation is in Turkey’s hand.

Sezer said no country can solve its problems with the help of other countries–adding that Turkey should show that establishing security beyond its borders is its own decision.

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