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Turkish PM criticises opposition for its silence over Al-Assad's crimes

November 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu criticised on Sunday the Turkish opposition for its silence over Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s war crimes, Anadolu news agency reported.

Davutoğlu, who is also the head of the Turkey’s Justice and Development Party, was speaking in front a gathering of his party’s supporters in Ankara.

Criticising Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the Republican People’s Party, Anadolu quoted the prime minister as saying that when Al-Assad killed the Syrian people using chemical weapons and Scud missiles, Kilicdaroglu remained silent.

Davutoğlu continued his verbal attack by pointing out that when the attack against Kobani happened, Kilicdaroglu suddenly said “We have to interfere,” even though he does not even know where it is located on the map. Davutoğlu described him of losing “just balance,” in his mind, what helps us to differentiate between the oppressed and oppressor.

Kilicdaroglu suggested that the Turkish parliament should issue a separate mandate for Turkish military action in Kobani. “Are we going to issue a separate mandate for each province or district? It’s such a ridiculous proposal,” Davutoğlu remarked.

The prime minister also criticised the opposition Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), whose leader Salahuddin Damirtash and most members are Kurds.

According to Davutoğlu, the BDP leader has not said a word regarding Al-Assad’s killing of Syrians over the last four years. Giving an example, he said that when the Syrian Kurds invaded the village of Al-Hasakah and reportedly caused a massacre, Damirtash did not comment because he belongs to the same ideology. However, when Kobani was attacked, suddenly he raised his voice.

The prime minister said that his party came to power in Turkey to care for all humans.

He stressed that they take a stance against the oppressor, whoever he is and whatever his faith, as well as stand beside the oppressed no matter what. “The party is entrusted to protect the human with its soul, mind and descendants,” he said.