Europe's refugee stance troubles National Security Council

Europe's attitude towards refugees are alarming says Turkish National Security Council (MGK)

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Official car of chief of general staff in Presidential Palace

Updated Sep 3, 2015

Turkish National Security Council (MGK) met on Wednesday, under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where important domestic and foreign issues, including Europe's questionable stance on refugees and border security was discussed.

With refugees struggling to enter Europe, the MGC stated that "the European countries stance on the influx of refugees, which Turkey has managed strategically for years, is alarming as the matter should be approached within the scope of a human rights issue. 

Over 350,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean this year, in an attempt to enter Europe, as they flee conditions of war and poverty. 

The International Organisation for Migration reports that so far more than 2,600 refugees have lost their lives, while trying to cross the  Mediterranean sea using primitive boats.

The council also asserted that "operations [with US led coalition] against ISIS, and other militant organisations situated in Iraq and Syria will continue with the same determination" in order to restore peace and tranquility to the region. 

The implementation of a "militant free zone" on the Syrian border will also play an important role in "preserving the living rights of the Syrian people” it added. 

Another important issue discussed during the meeting was security measures for the upcoming Nov. 1 elections.

Security "measures to be taken on the day of the election has been presented to the board" said the MGK.

Moreover, within the scope of fighting against militant organisations, it was said that "great importance should be given to working in collaboration with the international public." 

In addition, the council stated that it is determined to stand against the Gulen movement, operating both domestically and abroad, who has been accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish government.

Among those who participated in the meeting was, General Hulusi Akar, Chief of the General Staff, Vice Prime Ministers, Cevdet Yilmaz and Tugrul Turkes, Interior Minister, Selami Altinok and Foreign Relations Minister, Feridun Sinirlioglu took part in the meeting as the new members of the council.

Commander of Turkish Land Forces, Salih Zeki Colak, Commander of Turkish Air Forces, Abidin Unal and Commander of the Gendarmerie Forces, Galip Mendi, also attended the meeting for the first time as they were appointed in early August.

Ahead of the meeting, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, held a preliminary meeting with the council member deputies.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said earlier that the MGK meeting would be critical, as it is the first meeting, after the suspension of the solution process with the outlawed PKK.


TRTWorld and agencies