Search efforts for BBP's Yazicioglu continue
Search and rescue efforts to find a helicopter carrying five people, including Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazicioglu, which crashed Wednesday in the central province of Kahramanmaras have yet to yield results. At a press conference yesterday in Goksun, Kahramanmaras, Interior Minister Besir Atalay yesterday said that more than 2,000 people have been involved in efforts to find the crash site, but that locating the helicopter has been difficult because there no are location signals coming from it. Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin visited BBP headquarters, saying, "Every means is being used to find Yazicioglu and the others. Using this situation for political ends would be a mistake." Just days before Sunday's local elections, all parties yesterday cancelled their election rallies due to the accident. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Goksun province and was briefed by Atalay and Adana Gendarmerie officials about the latest developments. Also visiting BBP headquarters, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal told reporters he knows everyone involved in the rescue efforts is doing their best, but that the lack of information so far is discouraging.