Opposition leader accuses Turkish government of supporting terrorism

The leader of the Republican People’s Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu has accused the Turkish government of supporting terrorism. Referring to comments on the new draft constitution by Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Kilicdaroglu, said “his statement was an unfortunate confession.”

In an earlier statement Kurtulmus had said, “If the “yes” campaign succeeds in the referendum, then terrorism will end in Turkey.”

Attending a memorial service for Turkish journalist Ugur Mumcu, assassinated in 1993, Kilicdaroglu said, “This is a confession [by the government] saying ‘right now we are supporting terrorism.'”

The opposition leader continued, “In other words, this means ‘we breed terrorist organisations, we turn a blind eye to them. People are dying, being massacred. If you choose us, the presidential system, the one-man regime, then terrorism will end’. This is a confession. If this really is the case, then the source of today’s terror is this government. And this was openly confessed by the government’s spokesperson. I am very upset. I would never have wanted to hear something like this. For Numan Kurtulmus to come out and say this in front of 80 million is very sad, extremely shameful.”