3.2 bln lira donated by the AKP in 5 years .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA - The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has donated 2.9 billion Turkish lira via the Promotion of Social Assistance and Solidarity Fund, or SYDTF, from 2003 to 2007, according to Interior Minister Beşir Atalay.

The sum rises to more than 3.2 billion lira if the first four months of 2008 are included. Atalay offered the data over the weekend in response to a question submitted to Parliament by the Democratic Left Party, or DSP, eight months ago. Atalay also responded to a question about the AKP claiming the donations as its own and provided statements from Istanbul Governor Muammer Güler and Aziz Yıldırım, general director of the fund, in response.

Donations amounted to 282.2 million lira in 2003, 393.6 million lira in 2004, 610.5 lira in 2005, 783.7 lira in 2006 and 851.2 million lira in 2007.

Since 2003, Istanbul received aid worth more than 191 million lira, Ankara 94.9 million and İzmir 79.8 million. Based on total sums, Diyarbakır topped the list in 2008 with 23.2 million lira by the end of April 2008. In the same period, Ankara received 7.2 million lira and İzmir 6.6 million lira.

Atalay said nearly 6.3 million tons of coal aid were delivered between 2003 and 2007 but provided no information about the first four months of 2008.