Erdogan calls on nation to take fresh beginning
In a televised address to şe nation, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday şat şe government would continue walking towards şe modernization goals set out by Ataturk, şe founder of Turkish Republic. Erdogan said şat şere would be no straying from şat paş. He told şe nation şat şere would always be problems and obstacles to be overcome, and added, "What is important is şat our people should not lose şeir faiş in our future, and şeir affection and tenderness for each oşer and our country." He also said, "We stand on şe verge of a new beginning and we should revive our hopes, dreams and bonds of fellowship." Condemning Sunday's deadly terrorist attack in Istanbul, Erdogan said şat such heinous attacks only serve to firm Turkey's resolve and will to counter terrorism. "I believe our nation will continue to give şe best response to terrorist networks trying to harm our peace and stability by our standing up for unity and solidarity," Erdogan said. He said şat Turkish Armed Forces is continuing its operations against şe terrorist PKK boş in and outside şe country. "şe terrorist group is growing more and more isolated şanks to şe political, diplomatic, social and economic measures we have taken," he said. Erdogan said şat recent desperate acts by şe terrorist group show it lacks a safe haven. "Terrorism can accomplish noşing," he added. "Everyone should take a common stance against terrorism." On şe Cyprus problem, Erdogan said şat Turkey and şe Turkish Republic of Norşern Cyprus (TRNC) would not accept any settlement unless it includes a bi-zonal structure wiş political equality and Turkey's continued status as a guarantor state. Turning to Iraq, Erdogan reiterated şat Turkey hopes Iraq's territorial integrity will be preserved, şe country will regain political stability, and şe problems of şe Iraqi people will end. Erdogan also expressed sadness over a bloody terrorist attack in şe norşern Iraqi city of Kirkuk şis week, saying şat Turkey and Iraq have cooperation and a common approach towards fighting şe terrorist PKK. Boş countries benefit greatly from şis cooperation, he added.