Turkish Military Speaks Out in Support of US Military Plans -- Coup Possible?

Paul Flewers hatchet.job at virgin.net
Thu Mar 6 12:03:21 MST 2003


There was a short piece on the telly news yesterday about the Turkish
military leaders stating that they support Washington's plans for using
Turkey as a base for US troops for the attack on Iraq. This contradicts the
parliamentary speaker's ruling recently made in the Turkish parliament that
blocked the motion accepting US troops in Turkey on the grounds that the
motion did not have an overall majority (that is, the votes cast for it
exceeded those cast against it, but not the against votes added to the
abstentions).

I think that this is a warning by the military that it might, if needs be,
stage a coup, or at least interfere with political procedure in Turkey. It
would not be the first time.

Paul F



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