Op­po­si­tion par­ties crit­i­cize airstrikes on Syria

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

TUR­KEY’S op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties have voiced crit­i­cism over the U.S.-led strikes against Syria’s Bashar As­sad regime af­ter the chem­i­cal at­tacks on East­ern Ghouta and Douma, al­legedly car­ried out by As­sad forces.

The chair­man of Tur­key’s main op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP), Ke­mal Kılıç­daroğlu said Satur­day that he does not ap­prove of the U.S.-led airstrike on As­sad regime tar­gets in Syria.

Ad­dress­ing busi­ness­men in the south­east­ern prov­ince of Hatay, Kılıç­daroğlu claimed that the U.S. and Rus­sia are dis­play­ing a power strug­gle in Syria over oil and gas, and said they should keep their hands off of the re­gion. He ex­pressed that he is against the use of chem­i­cal weapons, but said he is not con­vinced on whether the As­sad regime used chem­i­cal weapons.

The op­po­si­tion chair­man said he would not have an ob­jec­tion if a U.N. com­mit­tee had car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ing solid ev­i­dence of chem­i­cal weapons be­ing pro­duced and used by the regime.

The con­ser­va­tive Saadet Party (Felic­ity Party) also said the at­tacks on Syria against the use of chem­i­cal at­tacks have sim­i­lar mo­ti­va­tions as the U.S. in­va­sion of Iraq in 2003. “Since 2003, not even one chem­i­cal weapon has been found in Iraq. We are afraid the same game is be­ing played in Syria,” Saadet Party Deputy Chair­man Mehmet Kara­man said. The newly es­tab­lished na­tional İYİ Party (Good Party) also re­leased a state­ment say­ing the at­tack against As­sad was jus­ti­fi­able only if it can be proved that chem­i­cal weapons were used.

The neo-na­tion­al­ist Vatan Party (Pa­tri­otic Party), known for its strong sup­port of As­sad, also voiced strong op­po­si­tion to the at­tacks. Vatan Party’s Deputy Chair­man Mehmet Bedri Gül­tekin said “lies” on use of chem­i­cal weapons have been pre­vi­ously used. He added that the mis­siles sent into Syria are also tar­get­ing Tur­key.

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