ANKARA-Turkish Daily News
An opposition deputy yesterday criticized the military for unexpectedly not dismissing any of its personnel due to fundamentalist acts for the first time since 1996.
�Considering the enormity of the army, it's very interesting for the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) not to discuss a single dossier of anti-secular activities. I think there is a very warm relationship between the government and the chief of General Staff,� Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, deputy leader of the Republican People's Party, or CHP, told reporters yesterday.
Unlike previous years, the military did not expel any military personnel during the YAŞ meetings held Aug. 1 to 4.
�There are reports in the media on certain negotiations (between the government and the military). And furthermore, some Web sites argue that the president threatened not to approve YAŞ decisions if it contained dismissals,� Kılıçdaroğlu claimed.
What is most interesting, he asserted, is the purchase of an extraordinarily expensive vehicle for the chief of General Staff, who will retire soon. Kılıçdaroğlu was referring to Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt, who will leave his post to Gen. İlker başbuğ on Aug. 30.
He went further, saying, �Turkey faces a very strange structure,� which is seen as anti-military but which passes through the same process as the military.
The CHP official also expressed his party's views on the upcoming visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad on Aug. 14. Recalling that the president's itinerary was changed upon his refusal to visit Anıtkabir, Atatürk's mausoleum, Kılıçdaroğlu accused the government of having surrendered to Iran. �This change (in the program) suits the Justice and Development Party's targets and background very well,� he argued.