Ak Parti Genel Başkan Yardımcısı ve Dış İlişkiler Başkanı Ömer Çelik´in Katılımıyla, “Referandum Sonrası Türkiye´de Siyasi Gelişmeler"

Koordinatörlüğümüzün Yabancı Basını Bilgilendirme Faaliyetleri kapsamında, Ak Parti Genel Başkan Yardımcısı ve Dış İlişkiler Başkanı Ömer Çelik yabancı basın temsilcileriyle bir araya geldi. 15 Eylül 2010 tarihinde düzenlenen toplantıda Çelik, basın mensuplarına referandum sonrası Türkiye’deki siyasi gelişmelere ilişkin bilgiler verdi.

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Associated Press
Turkey: Scrutiny falls on coup leaders
Christopher Torchia

A Turkish lawmaker demanded Wednesday that the leaders of a 1980 military coup be brought to trial, following approval of constitutional amendments that lifted their immunity.

The prospect of legal action against a cadre of elderly and retired military officers could fuel tension in a nation where a reformist government led by devout Muslims is battling opposition from staunchly secular institutions, including the courts and the military.

It´s not clear if such prosecutions can actually occur: some legal experts say a statute of limitations on legal moves against the coup engineers expired. Supporters of prosecution, however, argue there should be no deadline for alleged crimes against humanity.

The prosecutor´s office in Istanbul assigned prosecutor Kadir Altinisik on Wednesday to examine petitions demanding the coup leaders be prosecuted, the Anatolia news agency said. He is expected to prepare a report afterward.

On Sunday, Turks approved changes to a constitution introduced after the 1980 coup that the government said would advance Turkey´s democracy and ambitions to join the European Union. The next morning, several human rights groups filed legal documents targeting Kenan Evren, the military chief of staff who led the 1980 coup and became president.

Omer Celik, vice chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party, said it was up to the courts to decide whether legal action can proceed. He harshly criticized the engineers of a coup that led to a wave of executions, torture and disappearances, many unexplained to this day.

"They are a gang of murderers," Celik told foreign media organizations at a lunch in an Ottoman-era pavilion. "In principle, I want the military coup leaders to be brought to court. This is a crime against humanity."

Celik, who is in charge of foreign affairs for his party, cited atrocities committed by the state at a prison in Diyarbakir, the main city in southeast Turkey and for many years a center of operations by Kurdish rebels who seek autonomy. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to demolish that prison during a speech in Diyarbakir before the referendum and move the inmates to a modern prison.

Celik said he found it "totally disturbing" that streets and social centers are still named after Evren and other retired military officers linked to the coup.

"I want his name to be removed from any public space because he doesn´t deserve this dignity," Celik said.

Evren, 93 and ailing, is a contradictory figure. He was initially hailed by many as a hero by many Turks because the coup curbed fighting between leftist and right-wing groups that had some people wondering whether Turkey was headed for a civil war.

But he is remembered widely for the torture of suspected militants and their supporters and for introducing a constitution that restricted freedoms and formalized the military´s role in politics. An armed rebellion by Kurds broke out during his presidential tenure, and the polarization of that era helped shape the often fractious political debate in Turkey today.

Most of the hundreds of thousands of people who were rounded up during the coup were suspected leftist militants, though their hardline foes were also targeted. Turkey´s 24 TV recently aired comments that Evren made about a decade ago: "I never made a distinction on the basis of left or right. There were those who were found guilty and those who were to be given the death sentence," Evren said. "For example, when a right-winger was executed, I would deliberately have the next one wait, and then we would execute a left-winger. So basically we would hang one from the right and one from the left, just to balance things."

After his retirement, Evren moved to the Mediterranean coastal town of Marmaris where he took up painting.

A series of prosecutions against the suspected masterminds of more recent coup plots, including retired and active military officers, is already under way. Opponents claim the charges mask an attempt by Erdogan to silence critics, but the government, in its second term and gearing up for elections in 2011, says the removal of the military´s shadow over politics is overdue.

Young Civilians, a non-governmental group, filed a petition against eight individuals, including Evren, the commanders of the air, land and navy forces at the time of the coup, and the junta-appointed prime minister. Fatmagul Matur, a group member, said there was a 30-year statute of limitations on prosecuting crimes but noted that some alleged crimes were committed by coup leaders well after 1980.

"He has to apologize and he has to be in court," she said of Evren. "He doesn´t accept that he did bad things."

Associated Press
"Türkiye´de Darbe Liderleri İnceleme Altında"
Christopher Torchia

Bir Türk milletvekili dokunulmazlıkları kaldıran Anayasa değişikliklerinin onaylanmasının ardından bugün 1980 askerî darbesinin liderlerinin yargılanmasını talep etti.

Emekli subaylara dava açılması ihtimali dindar Müslümanlar yönetimindeki reformcu hükûmetin katı laik kurumlardan laiklik yanlılarına karşı mücadele verdiği bir ülkede gerginliği tırmandırabilir.

Bu tip kovuşturmalar olup olamayacağı belli değil: Bazı hukuk uzmanları darbenin mimarları hakkında dava açmak için zaman aşımının dolduğunu söylüyor. Dava açılması yanlısı olanlar ise insanlığa karşı işlenen suçlar için zaman aşımı olmaması gerektiğini savunuyor.
İstanbul Cumhuriyet Savcılığı bugün, darbe liderlerinin yargılanmasını talep eden dilekçelerin incelenmesi için Kadir Altınışık´ı görevlendirdi. Daha sonra bir rapor hazırlaması bekleniyor.

Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Ömer Çelik dava açılıp açılamayacağına karar vermenin mahkemelere kaldığını söyledi ve bir idamlar, işkenceler ve çoğu bugün bile açıklanamayan kayıplar dalgasına yol açan darbenin mimarlarını sertçe eleştirdi.
Çelik Osmanlı döneminden kalma bir köşkte yabancı medyaya yaptığı açıklamada "Onlar katil çetesi. Prensip olarak askerî darbe liderlerinin mahkemeye getirilmesini istiyorum. Bu insanlığa karşı işlenmiş bir suçtur." dedi.

Partisinde dış ilişkilerden sorumlu olan Çelik, yıllarca özerklik isteyen Kürt asilerin faaliyetlerinin merkezi olan Diyarbakır´daki bir cezaevinde devlet tarafından yapılan zalimliklerden söz etti. Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referandum öncesinde Diyarbakır´da
yaptığı bir konuşmada o cezaevini yıkma sözü vermişti.

Sokak ve caddelere hâlâ Evren ve diğer emekli generallerin isimlerinin verilmesinin tamamıyla rahatsız edici olduğunu söyleyerek "Kamu alanlarından isminin kaldırılmasını istiyorum çünkü bu saygınlığı hak etmiyor." dedi.

New Turkish constitution to be revealed after vote

A new draft constitution, aimed at enhancing democracy and individual rights in Turkey, will not be ready to show voters before an election next July, a senior member of the ruling AK Party said on Wednesday.

Victory in a referendum on Sunday, to reform the existing constitution, bodes well for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s chances of winning the election, when the AK Party will seek a third consecutive term of single party rule.

After winning the plebiscite, Erdogan declared plans for a new constitution for the Muslim country to replace one written in the aftermath of the 1980 military coup.

“We will bring the new constitution after the general election,” Omer Celik, an AK Party vice chairman told journalists during a briefing in Istanbul.

He said the current parliament will give priority to EU harmonisation legislation when it reconvenes next month.

The AK Party is mistrusted by rivals, who suspect it has a long-term agenda to roll back the official secularism in the republic founded by Kemal Ataturk in 1923 out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.

While Erdogan and other leaders have roots in political Islam, the AK Party sees itself as akin to Europe’s conservative Social Democrat parties, and accuses opponents of scare-mongering. Voting trends in the plebiscite showed a fault line between secular and religious-minded Turks, though some liberals also voted for change.

The government’s reform package won support from 58 percent of voters, with 42 percent against. The turnout, for an electorate of just under 50 million, was 77 percent.

Opposition parties argued the changes weaken the independence of the judiciary, and would make it easier for a government to push through legislation without checks and balances.

Erdogan said the reforms were needed to strengthen democracy and improve Turkey’s chances of joining the European Union, and prevent any repeat of the military coups that have blighted the country in the past.

One of the amendments stripped the leaders of the 1980 coup of their immunity from prosecution, prompting rights groups on Monday to file cases for them to be tried.

Celik said there was repression following the coup, and he hoped former president and army chief Kenan Evren would be tried along with his cohorts, but said it was a decision for the judiciary to take.

The Constitutional Court has stood in the AK Party’s way in the past, notably in 2008 when it struck down legislation to remove a bar on young women wearing the Muslim headscarf attending university.

Celik said the existing headscarf ban was a violation of women’s rights.

While a detailed document of the proposed new charter will not be ready before next year’s polls, he said highlights and guiding principles for a new constitution, focussed on democratic values and individual rights, would be announced.

“We won’t have a physical draft ready before the election,” he said, but added the new charter would contain measures to introduce positive discrimination for women.

However, it would not contain articles that dealt directly with issues related to ethnic, religious or sectarian minorities, as the constitution should be a document for all Turks, he said.

Erdogan last year announced steps to enhance Kurdish rights in a bid to quell a long running insurgency, but violence flared up again in recent months.

"Yeni Anayasa Seçimlerinden Sonra Ortaya Çıkacak"

Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisinin (AK Parti) üst düzey üyelerinden biri Türkiye´de demokrasi ve bireysel hakları genişletmeyi hedefleyen yeni bir anayasa taslağının gelecek temmuzda yapılacak seçimlerden önce seçmenler için hazır olmayacağını söyledi.

AK Parti Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Ömer Çelik İstanbul´da yabancı gazetecilere verdiği brifingte "Yeni anayasayı genel seçimlerden sonra getireceğiz." dedi.

Çelik mevcut Parlamentonun gelecek ay toplandığında AB uyum yasalarına öncelik vereceğini söyledi.

Ayrıca mevcut başörtüsü yasağının kadın haklarının ihlali olduğunu söyleyen Çelik, önerilen yeni anayasanın ayrıntılı belgesi gelecek yılki seçimlerden önce hazır olmayacak olsa da demokratik değerler ve bireysel haklara odaklanacak yeni anayasa için önemli noktaların ve yol gösterici ilkelerin ilan edileceğini söyledi.

"Seçimlerden önce elimizde bir taslak olmayacak." diyen Çelik yeni anayasanın kadınlar için pozitif ayrımcılık getirecek maddeler içereceğini de ekledi.

Bununla birlikte Çelik, anayasa bütün Türkler için olması gerektiğinden doğrudan etnik veya dinî azınlıklar ve hiziplerle ilgili meseleleri kapsayan maddeler de içereceğini de belirtti.

Today´s Zaman
PM once again puts presidential system on agenda
Roberta Madelanie Davenport-Barış Altıntaş

Following the triumph of his government´s constitutional amendment package on Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signaled that Turkey would discuss the adoption of a presidential system after the upcoming general elections and referred to a possible model by the head of Parliament´s Constitutional Commission, Burhan Kuzu, who is known to be working on a presidential system model peculiar to Turkey.

Erdoğan said on Sunday that he instructed Kuzu to begin working on a new constitution and signaled that a change to the presidential system can have a place in Turkey´s new constitution.

Speaking on a television program early Monday, Erdoğan said Kuzu has for many years been working on a presidential system model that would best benefit Turkey. “What kind of presidential system model is ideal for Turkey can be discussed. We do not have any prejudices on this issue. Kuzu completed a comprehensive study on this as an academic; his doctoral thesis was about this. The issue here is which system will our country benefit from the most,” Erdoğan said.

Turkey’s political system is based on a separation of powers. The executive power is exercised by the government. The legislative power is vested in Parliament. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Currently, the president is elected every five years by public vote in Turkey.

In an interview with the Akşam daily yesterday, Kuzu provided details on his study. “The model I have been working on for many years is different from the US system. I am in favor of a model that is a mixture of the US system and France’s semi-presidential system. As you know, France does not have a federal system. The authority of the president is not as broad as that of the US president, either,” Kuzu said. Noting that there is a perception that the federal system has to be applied when the issue is the presidential system, Kuzu said, however, the federal system is not the requisite of a presidential system, which is a system of government of a republic where the executive branch is elected separately from the legislative branch. The powers invested in the president are usually balanced against those vested in the legislature.

‘PM warms to presidential switch’

Kuzu stressed that he was sharing his views on his model as an academic, not as a deputy of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). “My party has not given me a task to work on this issue, but statements made by our prime minister with reference to me show that he is warm to this model. I will do whatever I need to if he gives me such a task,” Kuzu said.

Kuzu also stressed that he believes that such a model can be adopted after the parliamentary elections through a wide consensus. Kuzu also noted that he had proposed the model to the late President Turgut Özal back in the ‘90s when he was serving as the president’s aide. Kuzu said Özal was planning to switch to this system, but unfortunately he did not live long enough for that.

AK Party Deputy Chairman Ömer Çelik, yesterday said the issue of a transition to a presidential system is currently not on the agenda for the ruling party. “When I scanned TV programs in the morning, I saw that there were comments concerning discussion within the government and the Central Executive Board [MYK] on how Turkey can switch to a presidential system in the near future. Transitioning to a presidential system is not an agenda item either at the MYK or anywhere else,” he said. Prime Minister Erdoğan, on the other hand, is known to favor a transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential system in Turkey. He said on a television program in April that it was very likely that Turkey would again discuss the issue after the upcoming general elections. “If our people grant us the right to make such a change in a new constitution, this issue may come to the agenda and be discussed,” he added.

He stressed that he likes the idea of adopting a presidential system in Turkey on the grounds that it will facilitate the running of the country and will be more fruitful for the country. He added that the issue may be taken to the public after the general elections of 2011 and that a step to this effect will be taken in line with the public view.

“Thanks to this system, Turkey will develop more quickly. With regard to rights and freedoms, the US is a more advanced country than Turkey. We have to see this, and there are benefits to keeping up with this,” he added. When one of the journalists noted to Erdoğan that he seems to have a project in mind, he responded, “There is certainly a model.”

Xinhua News Agency (Çin)
“Turkey wants to prosecute military coup leaders”

Turkey´s ruling party claimed here on Wednesday that it would like to see leaders of the 1980 military coup prosecuted following the change to the amendment in the Constitution that previously prohibited such trials.

The statement was made by Omer Celik, deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a press conference held in Istanbul.

The senior party figure said that the military coup leaders should be brought to the court and they should be tried because they committed crimes against the humanitarian.

"However, it is up to the judiciary whether or not the period that the statute of limitations prescribes is deemed to be over," he said. "In my opinion, the coup leaders are a group of murderers. "

Shortly after the approval of a package of government-sponsored constitutional amendments on Sunday, Turkish nongovernmental organizations, labor unions and some groups filed petitions on Monday to try ex-president Kenan Evren, a former general, over his role in the 1980 coup.

The groups leapt into action by filing petitions in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir calling for Evren and at least two other coup leaders to be tried.

A group of people, including Peace and Democracy Party deputy Ufuk Urasm, and journalists chanted slogans by saying that "Kenan Evren Must be Tried" in front of the court house in Istanbul.

A statement was read out on behalf of the group noting that after 30 years, a big opportunity appeared, and coup leaders should account for what they did on September 12.

Group members gave the petition signed by 120 people to Istanbul deputy chief public prosecutor Turan Colakkadi.

Former president and general Kenan Evren, the then commanders, ministers, bureaucrats and governors are among suspects mentioned in the petition.

After the military seized power, about 50 people were executed, hundreds of thousands were arrested, many were tortured, hundreds died in custody and many disappeared.

Evren has defended the coup, saying military intervention was needed to bring an end to years of violence between left-wing and right-wing factions in which about 5,000 people were killed.

Evren became president in the wake of the coup, a position he held until 1989.

Hurriyet Daily News
“From the Bosphorus: Straight - Ömer Çelik’s adventure in Wonderland"
Şafak Timur

We have our doubts that Ömer Çelik, deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, is intimately familiar with Lewis Carroll, the 19th century British author known for his facility to toy with words and to challenge logic. But we could not help summoning to mind Carroll’s most famous work, “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland,” upon reading Çelik’s analysis of Sunday’s referendum.

At a meeting with foreign journalists Çelik was asked about the much-discussed polarization in Turkey as evidenced by Sunday’s referendum results.

“There is no such division in Turkey,” Çelik responded. “The AKP addresses no such question. It is only the AKP, which exists all over Turkey, that can cover all regions in Turkey.”

This all takes us to Wonderland’s Chapter 6, in which Alice has her now iconic conversation with Humpty Dumpty, as he sits on his famous wall and expounds on his philosophy:

“And only one for birthday presents, you know. There´s glory for you!”

“I don´t know what you mean by ‘glory,´” Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don´t – till I tell you. I meant ‘there´s a nice knock-down argument for you!’”

“But ‘glory’ doesn´t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument,’” Alice objected.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that´s all.”

Change a few dates around along with the context, Çelik sounds an awfully lot like Humpty Dumpty.

His remarks stand in marked contrast to those of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who impressed us with his inclusive rhetoric after the vote, his emphasis on the goal of creating a new constitution for all of Turkey, not just those supporting the AKP. Erdoğan’s approach and measured rhetoric, we believe, is precisely what the country needs to overcome it deep division.

But divisions cannot be healed by declaring them non-existent, the fiction of “elitist” imaginations. Turkey is a deeply divided society. It is divided culturally, politically and geographically. This is something far more profound than a difference of opinion created by greater democracy, as Çelik sought to argue. Beyond the “yes” vs. “no” split in the referendum, fissures are reflected across a spectrum of issues as illustrated in a report by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which we also published yesterday.

On European Union membership, on relations with Iran and the United States, on the reunification of Cyprus and reconciliation with Armenia, Turks are poles apart. The word for this is polarization. We hope the AKP recognizes this and deals with this.

ABC Newspaper (İspanya)
“Erdogán quiere más poder con un cambio de sistema en Turquía”
Daniel Iriarte

El primer ministro turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogán, podría estar preparando el cambio del sistema político de Turquía hacia una república presidencialista. Así parece indicarlo el ascenso de Burhan Kuzu, actual presidente de la Comisión Constitucional del Parlamento, cuyo firme apoyo del presidencialismo como modo de gobierno es ampliamente conocido.

A Kuzu le ha sido asignada la tarea de redactar una constitución completamente nueva para Turquía, que será estudiada en el Parlamento una vez pasadas las elecciones legislativas de 2011. Erdogán ha declarado que ha encargado a Kuzu dicha tarea, en la que «podría tener cabida un cambio a un sistema presidencial». Esto daría fuerza a los rumores que afirman que el primer ministro turco pretende presentarse como candidato en las próximas elecciones presidenciales, previstas para 2012.

Sin embargo, este extremo fue desmentido ayer por el vicepresidente del Partido AKP de Erdogán, Ömer Çelik, en un encuentro con la prensa. «Lo que el primer ministro dijo es que los intelectuales turcos deberían pensar en cómo mejorar el sistema político de nuestro país, y mencionó, entre otras posibilidades, el presidencialismo. Pero no estamos intentando implementarlo», afirmó Çelik. «Además, los que acusan al señor Erdogán de querer hacerse con todo el poder demuestran un gran desconocimiento sobre qué es un sistema presidencialista. La gente se imagina un circo de una sola persona, lo cual no es el caso», declaró Çelik.

El político se refirió también al artículo publicado en el «Daily Telegraph» en el que se afirma que el AKP recibió 25 millones de dólares de Irán para financiar su campaña electoral. «Eso nunca ha ocurrido, y dichas acusaciones no tienen ninguna evidencia que las sostenga», aseguró. En Turquía está prohibido que un partido político reciba financiación extranjera. El artículo en el «Daily Telegraph» cita como fuentes de esta información a «diplomáticos occidentales» a quienes no identifica.

El gobierno turco y el iraní pidieron al diario que retirase la historia de su página web y se disculpase por su publicación, a lo que el periódico ha respondido con negativas. El autor del artículo, Con Coughlin, insiste en que dichos diplomáticos le informaron de que la Institución Ahl-Beit de Irán transfirió el dinero a través de la ONG turca IHH, la que organizó la Flotilla de Gaza. «Es una conspiración para legitimar el asalto israelí al Mavi Marmara», afirma Çelik. Turquía ha iniciado acciones legales contra el diario.

ABC Newspaper (İspanya)
"Erdoğan Daha Fazla Güç İstiyor"
Daniel Iriarte

Türk Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Türkiye´de başkanlık sistemine doğru bir değişiklik hazırlığında olabilir. Hükûmet şekli olarak başkanlık sistemine geniş desteğin verildiği Meclis Anayasa Komisyonu Başkanı Burhan Kuzu´ya verilen yeni görev buna işaret ediyor gibi.

2011 genel seçimleri sonrasında Mecliste üzerinde çalışılacak olan Türkiye için tamamen yeni bir anayasanın hazırlanması görevi Kuzu´ya verildi. Erdoğan, "bir başkanlık sistemi değişikliğinin de yer alabileceği" bu görevi Kuzu´ya verdiğini açıkladı. Bu, Türk Başbakanın 2012 için öngörülen Cumhurbaşkanlığı seçimlerinde aday olmayı istediğini ifade eden söylentileri güçlendiriyor.

Bununla birlikte dün bir basın toplantısında bu durum AK Parti Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Ömer Çelik tarafından yalanlandı. Çelik, "Başbakanın söylediği şey, aydınların, ülkemizin siyasi sisteminde nasıl iyileştirmeler yapılabileceğini düşünmeleri gerektiğidir ve diğer olasılıklar arasında da başkanlık sisteminden bahsetti. Ancak bunu dayatmaya çalışmıyoruz." diye belirtti.

Çelik, "Ayrıca, Sayın Erdoğan´ı tüm yetkiye sahip olmak istemekle suçlayanlar, başkanlık sisteminin ne olduğuna dair hiçbir bilgiye sahip değil." açıklamasında bulundu.

Çelik, Daily Telegraph gazetesinde yer alan ve AK Partinin seçim kampanyasını finanse etmesi için İran´dan 25 milyon dolar aldığına ilişkin haber konusunda şunları söyledi: "Böle bir şey asla olmadı. Söz konusu suçlamaların hiçbir delili yoktur."

Türkiye´de bir siyasi partinin dışarıdan mali yardım alması yasak. Daily Telegraph´ta yer alan haberde, kimliği belirtilmeyen "Batılı diplomatlar" bu bilginin kaynağı olarak gösteriliyor.

Türk ve İran hükûmetleri, gazeteden bu haberi web sayfasından çekmesini ve özür dilemesini istedi. Bu isteklere gazete olumsuz yanıt verdi. 

Die Welt (Almanya)
“Türkei: Anklage von Putschisten gefordert”

Ömer Celik, Berater von Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hat sich für eine Anklage der Putschisten von 1980 ausgesprochen. "Die Führer des Staatsstreiches sind meiner Meinung nach eine Bande von Mördern", sagte er. Gegen die Putschisten wurden inzwischen mehrere Strafanzeigen gestellt. Mit der Zustimmung zu 26 Änderungen in der türkischen Verfassung hatte das Volk auch Artikel 15 abgeschafft, der den Putschisten lebenslange Immunität vor Strafverfolgung garantiert hatte.

Die Welt (Almanya)

"Darbeciler Hakkında Dava"

Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan´ın Danışmanı Ömer Çelik, 1980 yılında darbe yapan generallerin haklarında dava açılmasından yana olduğunu açıkladı. Çelik yaptığı açıklamada, "Bana göre darbe yapanlar katillerden oluşan bir çetedir." ifadesini kullandı. Son günlerde ülkenin birçok yerinde darbeciler hakkında suç duyurularında bulunuldu. Referandum neticesinde yapılan 26 Anayasa maddesi değişikliği arasında 15. madde de bulunuyor. Bu madde, darbeciler hakkında bir dava açılmasını engelliyordu.

Politis (Güney Kıbrıs Rum Kesimi)
“Çözüm Mantıklı Bir Zaman Aralığında"

Hükümetteki Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi’nin Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Ömer Çelik, Ankara’nın, Kıbrıslı Türk lider Derviş Eroğlu’na, Kıbrıs sorununda bir adım önde olmak istediğini söylediği açıklamasını yaptı ve sonunda çözüm olmazsa diğer parametrelerin düşünülmesi gerektiği konusunda uyardı. Türk siyasetçi ayrıca, Ankara’nın yılsonundan sonra kısa bir uzatmayı kabul ettiği mesajını vererek Türkiye’nin yılsonuna kadar veya mantıklı bir zaman aralığında çözüm istediğini söyledi.

Partisinin dış politika konularından sorumlu olan Ömer Çelik, dün İstanbul’da bir grup yabancı gazeteciyle görüştü ve onları tüm konular hakkında bilgilendirdi. Görüşmeye Ahmet Davutoğlu’nun Dışişleri Bakanlığına ayrılmasından sonra onun yerine geçen Türk Başbakanın dış konulardaki danışmanı İbrahim Kalın da katıldı.

‘Politis’ gazetesinin, referandumdan sonra Türkiye’nin Kıbrıs sorununda yeni faaliyetlere hazırlanıp hazırlanmadığı ve Mehmet Ali Talat’ın Kıbrıs Türk liderliğinden ayrılmasından sonra toprak konusunda bir anlaşmanın mümkün olup olmadığı sorusuna Ömer Çelik, Talat’tan sonra siyasi iradenin bittiği havası yaratılmıştı dedi. ‘Bu yanlıştır. Birleşmiş Milletlerin parametreleri içinde iki kurucu devlet çözümünü desteklemeye devam ediyoruz’ diye vurguladı.

Hükümet partisinin başkan yardımcısı, 2004’teki referandumdan sonra hiçbir ilerleme olmadığını söyledi ve Türk Başbakan Tayyip Erdoğan’ın 2004’teki referandum öncesindeki müzakereler süresince yaptığı, Türkiye’nin her zaman bir adım önde olacağı, açıklamasını yineledi. Ömer Çelik ‘Türkiye olarak biz bu tezi sürdürüyoruz. Bunu KKTC’deki temaslarımız sırasında da söyledik’ dedi.

Hükümet partisinin başkan yardımcısına göre müzakereler devam ediyor ama şu an bir sonuç yok. ‘Fakat biz bu durumun aşırıya çekilmesini istemiyoruz. Yılsonuna kadar veya mantıklı bir zaman aralığında bir çözüm olmasını istiyoruz’ dedi. Öte yandan çözüm olmazsa başka parametreler düşünmemiz gerektiğini vurguladı fakat bu parametrelerin içeriğinin ne olduğunu açıklamadı. Ömer Çelik ‘Fakat şu an isteğimiz çözümdür ve bu çözümün müzakereler masasında başarılmasıdır’ dedi.

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Turkey´s ruling party plants pole in polarization debate

The stark split in votes on Sunday’s constitutional referendum, boycotted by many in the Southeast and largely opposed along the coasts, does not indicate political polarization in Turkey, a senior ruling-party figure said Wednesday.

“There is no such division in Turkey,” Ömer Çelik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, told a group of foreign reporters in Istanbul when asked how his party would handle any polarization that might appear in the future.

“The AKP addresses no such question. It is only the AKP, which exists all over Turkey, that can cover all regions in the country,” said Çelik, who is also a member of Parliament from the southern city of Adana. He added that those who predicted Turkey would become politically polarized after the referendum are from the elitist segments of society.

Division of thought is a natural process of democratization, but that does not mean separation, Çelik said in the meeting, during which he presented information about the referendum and then took questions from reporters.

Representatives of the foreign press showed a higher level of interest Wednesday in the constitutional amendments than they did during a pre-referendum meeting with Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin.

When asked what the government has on the table about further efforts to make a new constitution, Çelik said there is no solid draft yet and that work on a new constitution would start after the 2011 general elections.

Comments on judiciary, coup leaders

During the meeting with reporters, Çelik was also asked about the justice minister’s continued role as the head of the Supreme Board of Prosecutors and Judges, or HSYK, following the revamping of its structure by the constitutional amendments approved Sunday.

“[The justice minister’s role on the HSYK] is to provide communication between the board and the government. Almost all of his authority was diminished and his authority on the HSYK is now at the same level [as seen on the board’s] counterparts in the modern world,” he said.

Çelik also said he would like to see leaders of the 1980 military coup prosecuted following the change to the amendment in the Constitution that prohibited such trials. “However, it is up to the judiciary whether or not the period that the statute of limitations prescribes is deemed to be over,” he said. “In my opinion, the coup leaders are a group of murderers.”

No right to strike for public employees

Though the new constitutional amendment package gives public employees the right to collective bargaining, they still lack the right to strike. When asked about this, Çelik said the right to strike necessitates the right for employers to lock workers out, a right the state does not hold over public employees.

“Workers have the right to strike, but public employees do not. The job security of public employees in Turkey is at such a level that it is out of the question to discharge them,” he said.