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    Turkish prime minister extends support to army in fight against PKK

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    16.10.2008 - 14:57 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threw his backing behind the military in the fight against terror and urged everybody, including the media, to do the same.

    Erdogan's remarks came a day after the army chief, General Ilker Basbug, slammed some media organs for publishing alleged intelligence reports claiming the military were informed of the PKK attack, which killed 17 soldiers, ahead of time. 

     

    "All of us should stand on the same side against terror. This is not a matter of choice, but a humanitarian, ethical and legal necessity. Nobody has or should be given the right to encourage terror," he said at a meeting in Ankara.

     

    He said that in order to succeed in the fight against terror everybody should stand against it with joint determination.

     

    "Of course media is free. They have the right to criticize... The free media also has some ethic rules to obey," he added.

     

    On Wednesday, Turkey’s army chief delivered his harshest statement since taking office slamming recent media coverage of the Oct. 3 PKK attack. He urged everybody to "stand in the correct spot".

     

    Controversial Turkish daily, Taraf, had published footage recorded and sent by unmanned aircraft to army headquarters showing PKK terrorists preparing for the attack on a military post in the southeastern region of Aktutun.

     

    The daily also published an alleged report prepared by the gendarmerie regarding the attack which, the paper claimed, contradicted with official statements made on the incident.

     

     

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