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Turkish govâ€™t plans to change terror fight structure
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 671 days ago | Saturday, 23rd July , 2011 , 19:35 [pm] | Azerbaijan
|.|| The CHP official also expressed his confusion over ErdoÄŸanâ€™s statement that the Silvan attack had prompted the prime minister to â€œthink differently,â€ questioning whether the premier meant that terror was â€œtoleratedâ€ before, and that that had changed now.
Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, group deputy chairman Oktay Vural told reporters that ErdoÄŸanâ€™s statements regarding the new structure had caused confusion as to what the government
The government has created a new structure for the fight against terror that involves action from police forces as well as the military, the prime minister revealed Thursday in the wake of a recent deadly ambush.
The high casualty rate of the July 14 terrorist attack that killed 13 troops in DiyarbakÄ±râ€™s Silvan district has sparked concerns about the militaryâ€™s ability to fight such attacks and appears to have spurred the government to speed up efforts to find new ways to deal with the issue.
Speaking to journalists on his way back from northern Cyprus, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan said Thursday that â€œwe have to think differently nowâ€ after the Silvan attack. â€œWe cannot have good intentions toward those with bad intentions.â€
The government is working on a plan that tasks police officers with domestic security in the fight against terror, ErdoÄŸan said, adding that â€œa step will be taken depending on the sensitivity of the region.â€
â€œThe government does not carry out operations for pleasure. If the terrorist organization puts down their weapons, terror will be minimized, because security forces do not carry out operations unless they receive intelligence,â€ he said.
Speaking about the Supreme Military Council, or YAÅž, set to take place in August, ErdoÄŸan said the governmentâ€™s main priority was to establish a frontier unit of 5,000 soldiers.
Interior Minister Ä°dris Naim Åžahin and Deputy Prime Minister BeÅŸir Atalay both made statements Friday clarifying ErdoÄŸanâ€™s remarks. Åžahin said preparations for a new structure were underway but added: â€œThere is no schedule for this. Our police forces are always ready for an operation. There is nothing to announce in advance. The time and place will play out according to the course of events.â€
Åžahin further clarified that police forces would not be replacing soldiers, but simply playing a more active role in terror incidents. â€œThis is a method developed by our ministry,â€ he said. â€œIn time, the necessary structural and administrative changes will take place in the fight against terror. This new structure will not completely involve police forces, and it will not exclude soldiers.â€
Contracted soldiers tasked with border security, another practice new to the Turkish military, will also be â€œindirectlyâ€ involved in the fight against terror, he said.
Atalay announced Friday that the government was conducting a â€œvery comprehensive operationâ€ regarding police involvement in dealing with terror incidents. â€œWe have held many meetings, and have made various analyses on the matter,â€ he said.
â€œThis is not only about security, but also about national unity, democratization and human rights,â€ Atalay added.
CHP asks for clarification, MHP critical
Akif HamzaÃ§ebi from the main opposition Republican Peopleâ€™s Party, or CHP, asked ErdoÄŸan to clarify why police forces were being involved when a total of 50,000 contracted soldiers were about to be hired. â€œIs he saying that military precautions have not been enough?â€ asked HamzaÃ§ebi.
The CHP official also expressed his confusion over ErdoÄŸanâ€™s statement that the Silvan attack had prompted the prime minister to â€œthink differently,â€ questioning whether the premier meant that terror was â€œtoleratedâ€ before, and that that had changed now.
Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, group deputy chairman Oktay Vural told reporters that ErdoÄŸanâ€™s statements regarding the new structure had caused confusion as to what the government was doing in the fight against terror.
â€œThe government, incapable when faced with a brave terrorist organization, is at the point of handing over the responsibility to those fighting terror,â€ said Vural, adding that the security forces were being used as a scapegoat for strategic mistakes. â€œInstead of fighting terror, they are negotiating with terrorists.â€
Åžahin, meanwhile, revealed that the result of the Interior Ministryâ€™s investigation into the terrorist attack in Silvan would be announced within a week. As part of the investigation, the ministry examined the site of the attack, talked to eyewitnesses and looked over documents, the minister said.hurriyet, Voice of a Nation