’Erdoğan, Davutoğlu responsible for bloodshed in Middle East’

’Erdoğan, Davutoğlu responsible for bloodshed in Middle East’

Main opposition CHP Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the CHP speaks during his party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday. (Photo: DHA)

July 22, 2014, Tuesday/ 18:20:18/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ANKARA
The leader of the main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), has accused the head of the Turkish government and the country's top diplomat of being the figures behind the bloodshed in the Middle East in recent years.   

“Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and [Minister of Foreign Affairs] Ahmet Davutoğlu are responsible for the blood flowing in the Middle East,” said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the CHP, at the party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

“The blood being shed is that of Muslims,” CHP leader added, criticizing Erdoğan for having brought discredit upon Turkey in the Middle East.    

Kılıçdaroğlu maintained that some of the trucks that traveled to Syria from Turkey's southern provinces in the past carried weapons, including missiles, for rebels fighting against the Syrian regime, and not medicine as the government said, when some trucks were stopped by the police at the beginning of the year.   

“It is not humanitarian aid that was transported [in those trucks], but missiles, weapons. … They are being taken to al-Qaeda and ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant which recently changed its name to ‘Islamic State'],” the CHP leader said.

Noting that Erdoğan has often said Muslims should not kill Muslims, in harsh criticism of Erdoğan Kılıçdaroğlu said: “It is also you who kills. It is you who give weapons to [al Qaeda, and (the) Islamic State].”   

Kılıçdaroğlu also said the documents in the prosecutor's file on the trucks that were stopped by the police in January this year, which it turned out were managed by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), provide ample evidence that they contained weapons.

‘MİT trucks contained weapons'

“The file contains all the photos and video of those [weapons]. Why did they [the government] impose a confidentiality order [regarding the investigation]? [Because] they [the government] do no want the public to know about it,” the CHP leader said.

Maintaining that MİT's Adana head was not informed about the transfer of weapons to rebel groups in Syria, Kılıçdaroğlu emphasized that Turkey needs to learn a lesson from what happened. “We will either be led to the Middle East swamp or we will come out of it. […] The choice is for the people,” he said, noting that the people will vote at the presidential election to be held in August in which Prime Minister Erdoğan is also a candidate.

The CHP leader also harshly criticized Erdoğan, accusing him of not telling the public the truth about what Turkey is up to in the Middle East, of practicing harsh, critical rhetoric towards Israel due to its attack against Gaza, while actually serving Israeli interests.   

Kılıçdaroğlu lashed out at Erdoğan for the conflict he said was present in Erdoğan's rhetoric towards Israel and his deeds, saying: “Did you [Erdoğan] cut off trade or military ties with Israel? No.”

Noting that the early-warning radar station established about two years ago in Kürecik, Malatya, serves, despite Erdoğan's remarks to the contrary, Israeli interests, Kılıçdaroğlu said, “All kind of information is being transferred [from radar in Kürecik] there [to Israel].
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