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Turkish Labor Party Deputy Chairman: "We Have Clear Evidence That Turkish President Incited Terrorism and War on Syria"

ANKARA, (SANA) – Deputy Chairman of the Turkish Labor Party Hasan Basri Ozbey denounced the position of Turkish Abdullah Gül who is encouraging terrorists to commit crimes in Syria, saying that the Labor Party will file a complaint against Gul to try him in the Higher Court.

He said that Gül’s statement after the terrorist bombing that targeted the National Security HQ in Damascus was shameful and disgraceful to Turkish citizens, affirming that Gül didn’t fulfill his duties and responsibilities as a statesman towards an act of terrorism against the officials of a neighboring country.

by H. Sabbagh, published in Global Research, 25 July 2012

ANKARA, (SANA) – Deputy Chairman of the Turkish Labor Party Hasan Basri Ozbey denounced the position of Turkish President Abdullah Gul who is encouraging terrorists to commit crimes in Syria, saying that the Labor Party will file a complaint against Gul to try him in the Higher Court.

In a press statement published on Friday, Ozbey said that his party will file a complaint to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the Attorney General of the Higher Court to try Gül, affirming that the Labor Party has clear evidence that the latter incited terrorism and war on Syria and signed a secret agreement with the United States, which alone is grounds for trial.

He said that Gül's statement after the terrorist bombing that targeted the National Security HQ in Damascus was shameful and disgraceful to Turkish citizens, affirming that Gul didn’t fulfill his duties and responsibilities as a statesman towards an act of terrorism against the officials of a neighboring country.

Ozbey said that Gül encouraged the terrorists by saying that the Syrian government isn't legitimate instead of denouncing the crime, adding that his statements constitute a crime according to the Turkish penal code.

He went on to note that world media – primary US media – has unveiled the fact the current Turkish government headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is among the top governments in terms of organizing terrorist operations in Syria and providing weapons to terrorists in it, all under instructions from the US.

Ozbey pointed out that Gül himself admitted that the ruling Justice and Development Party signed a secret agreement with former US Secretary of State Colin Powell in April 2, 2003, and that these admissions were printed in Vatan newspaper in May 24, 2004.

He affirmed that Turkey is moving towards bloody adventures, and that the crimes of the Justice and Development Party constitute national treason.

by H. Sabbagh, published in Global Research, 25 July 2012
See also: Turkey's Intervention In Syria Could Backfire of 3 Aug 12 by Ilya Kharlamov.

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The following is to be posted to jonquiggin.com. It is to be posted in response to a comment from Professor Quiggin:

Some further info on the Turkish Labour Party. They are followers of the late Enver Hoxha, it seems.

This was in response to my posting excerpts from this article to his web-site.

My response

Thanks for your comment and for your interest in the Syrian conflict, Professor Quiggin. It is unfortunate that this prosecution has not, instead, been undertaken by, for example, the Turkish Democratic Left Party, a party with more resources and electoral support. It is also of concern that the Turkish Labour Party is a follower of Enver Hoxha. Nevertheless, given the history of Turkey with its coups, its intervention in Cyprus and its conflict with its Kurdish minority and given the heroic resistance by Albanians to Britains's attempt in 1949 to impose a dictatorship as it had alraedy done in Greece, it seems not altogether implausible that humane and progressive Turks, particularly Turks oppose to NATO's war crimes against Syria, could be drawn into such a party.

I think anyone who supports the rule of law and opposes murder, particularly of officials of a sovereign government which appears to enjoy the strong support of the majority of the people of that country as the Syrian Government appears to, should commend the Turkish Labor Party for having launched legal action. Assuming that Turkey has laws on its books against the waging of a war of aggression against another country as every civilised democracy should, then I see no reason why the case should not succeed. I hope that this case proceeds and that it is reported in our newsmedia. However, given our newsmedia's so-far deceitful, selective and biased reporting of the Syrian conflict so far, there is no reason to exepect that it will.

I trust that you are not arguing that because this court case is not being undertaken by a larger organisation with more electoral support than the Turkish Labor Party that therefore they must be wrong to oppose the Turkish Government breaking its own laws?

It would logically follow from that that, because in 2009, no political party contesting the Queensland state elections opposed privatisation and the one independent candidate, who opposed privatisation in that election, did not get a high vote -- 163 votes or 0.65%, which was slightly more than the 0.58% that the Turkish Labour Party received across the whole country 10 years earlier -- that it would have been wrong to oppose privatisation.

The outcome of the Queensland state elections held on 24 March this year would suggest otherwise.

As a consequence of public revulsion at 'Labor' Premier Anna Bligh's announcement of the privatisation fire sale only after the 2009 elections had ended, Labor's representation in the Queensland Parliament was reduced from 51 of the 89 seats to only 7. Anna Bligh held onto her own seat of South Brisbane, but with her two-party preferred majority reduced from 65% to 55%. In the subsequent by-election, contested for Labor by Anna Bligh's friend Jackie Trad, that majority was reduced further to 52.85%, that is, it has now become a marginal seat.

So, I fail to see how the small vote for the Turkish Labor Party in the 1999 elections 13 years ago or some unorthodox opinions held by the Turkish Labor Party has any bearing on the Turkish Labor Party's claim that it has evidence that President Abdullah Gül incited terrorism and war against Syria and that this violates Turkish law.

Sit-in Outside Qatar's Embassy in Beirut Demands Release of the Lebanese Kidnapped by Terrorists in Syria

BEIRUT, (SANA)_The families of the Lebanese who were kidnapped in Syria by armed terrorist groups staged a sit-in outside Qatar's embassy in Beirut to demand their release.

Sheikh Abbas Zugheib who is tasked with following the issue of the kidnapped Lebanese persons, said that Qatar has to get the message and cooperate to close this humanitarian case, indicating to Qatar's role in funding the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

M. Ismael