Turkey's PM Davutoğlu: Cooperation with terrorism out of question as long as AK Party in power

Published 30.06.2015 12:44
Updated 30.06.2015 14:13
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Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Tuesday underlined that cooperation with terrorism has been and will be out of the question as long as the AK Party is in power.

Speaking at the first parliamentary group meeting following the elections the Turkish Prime Minister criticized those who claim Turkey cooperates with terrorists and said cooperation with terrorism has been and will be out of the question as long as the AK Party is in power.

"Our name can never be written side-to-side with any terrorist organization" Davutoğlu said, who highlighted that the AK Party is against all types of terrorist organizations.

Davutoğlu said that the AK Party will not make concessions regarding their principles while undertaking coalition talks.

He stated that the president and his authority cannot be made a subject of coalition negotiations, sending the message that the AK Party will have no tolerance against demands by the opposition which argues that President Erdoğan's powers should be limited.

The Turkish Prime Minister also stated that Turkey is ready to provide assistance to Greece: "We are ready to do the necessary as best as we can in cooperation in areas including tourism, energy, and trade," he said.

Last Thursday, ISIS launched attacks at three different points, killing at least 20 people and wounding another 100 in five explosions. Nearly 130 wounded people were brought to hospitals in Turkey for treatment.

Following the attacks, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and several international media outlets accused Turkey of abetting the ISIS militants, claiming that the attackers passed Kobani by passing through the Mürşitpınar border crossing in the Suruç district of Şanlıurfa province.

However, such claims were strongly denied later throughout the day by Turkish officials.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency released two video footages that clearly refuted the allegations. The video shows that the car bomber in Kobani approached from the Syrian side, contrary to media allegations that claimed it entered the town from Turkey.

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