Turkish opposition leader: Turkey must avoid Mideast quagmire

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Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party

02 August ,2012  14:00 PM

Section : Politics - Syria

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The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has warned the government against dragging the country in the “Middle Eastern quagmire” by its aggressive stance against Syria.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who heads the Republican People’s Party, said the “sovereign powers of the West are preparing the ground to get Turkey to enter into Syria for an armed conflict.”

“If Turkey enters, getting out will be very difficult. I am warning the government about this,” he added.

 “The AKP’s policy on Syria has fully collapsed. It is a shortsighted policy and it is influenced by other countries’ policies,” Kilicdaroglu stated, referring to the policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish army staged tank exercises near its border with Syria on Wednesday.

Nearly 25 tanks took part in the exercises in the Nusaybin district of Mardin Province, just two kilometers away from the Syrian border.

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