MHP's Bahceli calls on Gul to explain his remarks on southeatern issue
Speaking at his party's parliamentary group meeting yesterday, opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli criticized President Abdullah Gul's recent remarks on the southeastern Anatolia issue. "The president said there is consensus within the state about a solution to the Kurdish issue," he said. "He should explain who they reached this consensus with. History demands it." Gul last week told journalists that Turkey's biggest problem is the Kurdish question. "Whether you call it a terror problem, a southeastern Anatolia problem or a Kurdish problem, this is the first question for Turkey. It has to be solved," he said. Gul also said progress should be made on the Kurdish issue. "Everybody is aware of the issue," he said. "First, a working understanding should be established. Everybody in the state is now talking to each other more frequently and openly. When I say everybody, I mean soldiers, civilians and the intelligence community. In such an atmosphere, good things happen. This is why I am saying improvements will take place. There is an opportunity, and it should not be missed." Bahceli also said his party is the only group that does not bow to external pressure when it comes to Turkey's fundamental issues.