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PM Davutoğlu urges all parties to join forces against terrorism

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Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Monday that leaders of the four parties should come together and sign a mutual declaration against terrorism, following the fatal attack in Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district, which killed 30 people and wounded 100.

“Rather than blaming one another and making baseless allegations, parties should come together and sign a joint declaration against terrorist organizations” Turkish Prime Minister said during a press statement in Ankara, in response to the terrorist attack that took place at the garden of Amara Culture Center of Suruç Municipality.

Davutoğlu criticized the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party for blaming the government for its alleged lack of precautions, and noted that such an attitude was irresponsible and was not beneficial for the country. He referred to the terrorist attacks in France and said that opposition parties came together and tried to figure out what could be done to prevent such attacks in the future, rather than putting the blame on the government alone.

“Initial findings (from Suruç terror attack) point to ISIS involvement and a suicide bomber” Davutoğlu said, and added that the investigation is still ongoing to find out the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.

The Turkish prime minister also urged media outlets to act responsibly and sensibly regarding the coverage of the terrorist attack in Suruç, while acknowledging freedom of the press. He noted that the Suruç attack has targeted Turkey’s peace, democracy and stability, and the nation as a whole rather than just a single group.

Resource: Daily Sabah, July 20, 2015

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