Turkish opposition leader protests against involving Turkey into war in Syria

15.02.2016, Turkey.

Using the tragedy of Syrian refugees for political bargaining is unacceptable, said the chairman of the main opposition Turkish Republican People’s Party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Chairman of the main opposition Turkish Republican People’s Party (RPP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu protested against any decisions which could plunge Turkey into the war, and criticized Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for his ongoing foreign policy.

On Saturday, Turkish artillery bombarded the fighters of the Kurdish self-defense forces at the Minnekh Airbase in northern Syria and in a nearby village. The shelling was continued on Sunday. Davutoglu called this a ‘response measure’ to the threat to the Turkish border from the Syrian Kurdish battle units of the Democratic Union Party (DUP) and demanded DUP to leave their positions north of Aleppo, but DUP leader Salih Muslim refused.

Davutoğlu said that RPP should decide on which side they are. Just like on 1st of March 2003 (when the Turkish parliament had rejected a request for the participation of Turkey in the US military campaign in Iraq), we are against all the decisions which could plunge Turkey into the war. The person who has to choose which side he is on is Davutoglu himself, who spoke in support of foreign interests (of Turkish President Tayyip) Erdogan, but not Turkey’s interests,“- wrote Kılıçdaroğlu on his page on Twitter.

He added that he finds it unacceptable to use the tragedy of Syrian refugees for political bargaining.

Previously, possible ground operation in Turkey and Saudi Arabia in Syria was condemned by the leader of the nationalist National Movement Party of Turkey Devlet Bahceli, who stated that it “will open the door to catastrophe.”

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