Turkey’s generals, civilian leaders discuss alleged anti-gov’t document

Turkey’s civilian and military leaders met June 30 in a nearly eight hours long session of the National Security Council as tension simmered over an alleged military plan to discredit the government and moves in parliament to curb the army’s powers. Turkish President Gul chaired the meeting attended by Prime Minister Erdogan, senior cabinet members, chief of staff Gen. Basbug and four of his highest-ranking generals. “Reactions and thoughts regarding the expressions and publications that harms the organs of the state were discussed and it was reaffirmed that such activities will make no good to our country,” the post meeting statement said. “The struggle against all activities aimed at breaking down our nation’s integrity and our people’s unity will continue with our people’s trust and support,” the statement added.

The meeting followed on the heels of dismissal of the alleged plot by General Basbug as a mere “piece of paper,” and introduction of legislation by the government that would pave the way for trying army personnel in civilian courts. The agreed statement released at the conclusion of the meeting indicates there was no meeting of the minds on how it will be handled. 

Source: Hurriyet Daily


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