Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus made clear in one of his statements that his country may change its policy in relation to Syria and depart from the course held by Ankara since 2011, when it supported the interventions of the anti-government forces against President Bashar al-Assad. “We have no right to impose any solution of the Syrian people”, – said the Deputy head of the Turkish government.
Today’s guest roster at the Turkish parliament offered an intriguing glimpse of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “New Turkey.” While Western ambassadors in Ankara showed solidarity with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) over the detentions of its leaders, in a nearby chamber the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special adviser Alexander Dugin.
A long-running uprising in Turkey’s Kurdish regions was temporarily overshadowed by the July 15 coup attempt. The PKK first took up arms against the government over 30 years ago, and the fighting has led to more than 40,000 deaths. Neither the PKK nor the Turkish government is looking to reconcile following the end of a ceasefire last year. Kurds in eastern Turkey, where most live, are facing a state of emergency, Toprak said. “Entire cities and regions have been razed,” he added. “There are 500,000 internally displaced Kurds.”
More than a million people have attended a pro-democracy rally held in Istanbul in response to Turkey’s failed coup attempt last month.
The massive rally on Sunday united the country’s president, the prime minister and two opposition party leaders around a single issue for the first time in years.
When one scrutinizes the WhatsApp messages and lists of coup plotters who would have been appointed to critical posts of the country, it’s beyond doubt that the attempt was the brainchild of members of the Fethullah Gulen movement, known in Turkey as the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO).
In early 2010, the Prosecutor of Istanbul on the basis of materials Ergenekon launched an investigation against high-ranking generals and admirals who planned in 2003, a military coup under the code name “Sledgehammer” in connection with the election victory of the AKP, but under pressure from the then chief of Turkish General staff Hilmi Ozkok the conspirators did not dare to speak. By 2012, as witnesses in the case were interviewed more than 365 people, 325 of whom (mostly generals and admirals) have received real prison terms.