Turkish opposition leader warns against intervention in Syria

By REUTERS
June 30, 2015 13:45
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ISTANBUL - Turkey's main opposition party leader warned on Tuesday any military intervention in Syria would spell disaster for Turkey and in comments clearly aimed at President Tayyip Erdogan said the country could not be "a plaything for your ambition".

Turkish newspapers have carried reports Erdogan is considering creation of a buffer zone across the border, where Kurdish militia and Islamist militants vie for control. The reports come as the AK Party he formed seeks to re-establish its authority after losing its overall majority in June 7 elections.

Erdogan chaired a meeting on Monday of the National Security Council, which voiced concern about a 'terrorism' threat from across the border. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke of measures by NATO member Turkey to tackle security threats.

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu warned against military action while coalition talks proceed.

"Even before a government has been established, the drums of war are being beaten for vested interests. War is not a child's game nor a vehicle to renew one's image," Kilicdaroglu wrote on his official Twitter account.

"A good politician knows that feeding off chaos and war will bring disaster instead of success. This country is not a plaything for your ambition," he said.


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