Turkey's National Security Council convenes, focuses on threat by Gülen Movement
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULApr 28, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Apr 28, 2015 12:00 am
The National Security Council (MGK) will be convening on Wednesday to discuss various issues that are likely to threaten the security of the country and focus on its strategy to battle the Gülen Movement, whose members allegedly infiltrated the government's key bodies in a bid to take control of state institutions. The meeting, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is also expected to cover the current state of the reconciliation process, regional matters and the countries that branded the 1915 incidents as "genocide."
Turkey's roadmap against the lobbying of Armenia will also be assessed during the meeting. Apart from that, the precautions and steps that will be taken to ensure security ahead of the June elections will also be on the table.
The Gülen Movement, coined as the "parallel structure," is expected to be added in the National Security Politics document, known as the Red Book, and identified as a national threat. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had previously said the document will be updated and the new draft was already prepared. The movement, once listed in the Red Book as an element that "threatens national security," will be officially recognized as such.
The previous meeting of the MGK was held on Dec. 30, 2014 and was chaired by Erdoğan. It also focused on Turkey's strategy to combat the "parallel structure."
The council finalized its agenda during the meeting to combat the Gülen Movement, which is defined as a "national enemy" by the government. It was also announced by the council that during each MGK meeting, the degree of the movement's threat to Turkey would be revised.
During the last meeting of 2014, the MGK discussed various topics such as regional security threats caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the situation of the training and equipping program for Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and the strategic cooperation between Turkey and the U.S in this field.
Additionally, Turkey's ongoing fight with members of the Gülen Movement holding positions in state institutions was also discussed in the meeting. The council made the decision to officially include the Gülen Movement in the country's Red Book, which includes a list of enemies of the state by MGK Secretary-General Seyfullah Hacimüftüoğlu following the approval by the Cabinet regarding the advisory decision that will be made at the latest MGK meeting.
Furthermore, the MGK had tightened its security strategies in efforts to intensify the combat against the Gülen Movement. During future MGK meetings, the movement's field of activities would be determined and spontaneous decisions would be made. The MGK will discuss and spot the movement's activity within the judicial and/or security bureaucracy at the meetings. Once the activities are determined, the council will decide on the degree of the threat to national security.