Inquiry into southern attacks rejected by Turkish parliament

Turkey’s Grand National Assembly gathers for extraordinary meeting on Wednesday and rejects parliamentary inquiry into increase in terror attacks in Turkey’s southeastern provinces

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkey’s Grand National Assembly has rejected a proposal to form an inquiry into increasing terror attacks in Turkey’s southeastern provinces following the deadly Suruc suicide bombing on July 20.

The parliamentary assembly held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday following a call by Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), for a parliamentary investigation to be opened into the incidents.

The CHP called for an inquiry to “scrutinise the terror acts that have threatened social peace and claimed Turkish citizens' lives and to propose necessary precautions."

The motion by the party said measures taken to address security threats in Turkey - namely military action against ISIS and militants fighting for the outlawed PKK in Syria and Iraq - had “failed to mitigate the danger."

An extraordinary session of the Grand National Assembly saw lawmakers belonging to the CHP and pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) vote in favor of an inquiry, while the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and some Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputies opposed it.

A suicide bomb attack in Suruc on July 20 killed 32 people, sparking a wave of killings across the southeast of Turkey and leading to airstrikes by the Turkish Air Force against ISIS and the PKK.

TRTWorld and agencies