Syrian Turkmens that currently reside in Turkey have announced Tuesday the establishment of a political party named the “Syrian Turkmen Development Party.”
Representatives of the party, president Omer Isa and spokesperson Hasan Musullu, held a press meeting at the party headquarters in Turkey’s southern city of Osmaniye.
The party president Omer Isa mentioned that they have set up offices in Istanbul and four other cities in southern Turkey; Hatay, İskenderun, Kilis and Gaziantep.
“We have been living under the oppression of Assads for 50 years. We suffered heavily. That’s why we established the party in Turkey,” said Isa, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafiz.
Although there are 3.5 million Turkmens in Syria, they are not allowed to set up any NGOs or political parties in the country.
“Our political goals are to support the Syrian public revolution and to work until the regime falls along with all its components, and to cooperate with all internal and external political powers with the aim of achieving this goal,” he continued.
Spokesperson Hasan Musullu said that they established the party with the aim of returning to Syria even stronger.
The Syrian Turkmen Development Party will not participate in the Turkish elections and are currently accepting members from Syrian Turkmens only. The party will be moved to Syria after the civil war ends and will continue its activities there.
During the press conference, the representatives thanked the Turkish government for their support for the establishment of their party.