March 21, 2008

Turkish Parliament discusses Iraqi incursion behind doors

ANKARA TDN Parliamentary Bureau

Turkish Parliament yesterday discussed the results of the military's cross-border operation into northern Iraq in a closed session, which sparked a domestic debate between the brass and the opposition parties.

According to Turkish Constitution, the content of the closed sessions can only be made public ten years after the meeting was held. No reporting of its content can be made.

The meeting was called by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) that slammed both the government and the military for an early withdrawal from northern Iraq, saying that they gave into pressure by the United States.

Cemil Çiçek, deputy prime minister, responded to the criticism of the representatives of CHP's deputies Onur Öymen and Şükrü Elekdağ. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)'s Gündüz Aktan and Democratic Society Party's (DTP) Hasip Kaplan voiced their party's views during the session.

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