Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged comprehensive reforms for Turkey to reach its long term objectives, in a meeting with district governors at Turkish Presidential Palace in Ankara on Tuesday.
“Turkey needs to support its administrative reforms with intellectual improvements to reach its goals for the year 2023.” Erdogan said.
“The more number of intellectual and innovative administrators we have, the closer we will be to accomplishing our goals.” Erdogan said.
“A bureaucracy in favour of status quo will result in a country being in a stand still.” he added.
The president also stressed Turkey’s determination in the fight against several terrorist organisations targeting the country.
Erdogan said the principal duty of the Turkish State Supervisory Council should be to determine state workers who have an affiliation with terrorists groups such as “parallel state structure” or PKK, and start the necessary judicial process.
“This is such an important issue which is directly related to security of the state.” he underlined.
Referring to earlier autonomy calls of the municipalities belonging to People’s Democratic Party in the southeastern provinces, Erdogan accused these municipality officials of misconduct by helping PKK terrorists.
“Each citizen in Turkey have the same rights as I have. They can also take place in the parliament. But their concern is totally different, it is only to disrupt the unity of our country.” Erdogan said.
“It is not possible to have another state within the state.” he emphasized.
HDP has been involved in several incidents that signalled close ties with PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.
Officials of the HDP have previously been arrested several times on charges including the recruiting of terrorists for the PKK and disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.
Moreover, HDP officials and members attempted to serve as human shields for PKK terrorists and tried to interfere in the operations of security officers.
PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officers and over 30 civilians since they ended a ceasefire with the Turkish government in July 2015.