A little over than a month ago, about midnight of April 27, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces had issued out an ultimatum, which emphasized the critical threats to the Republic : the dictated & undisputable form of secularism threatened by participation of islam-oriented actors in civil, political and social life ; and by the upcoming elections. The announcement also highlighted that the military was against any debates (and thus those who debate) about the fundamental values of the Republic, that is the status quo.
Last midnight, June 7, The Chief of General Staff of the Turkish Military Forces made another official statement, which is posted on the official web site of the General Staff in Turkish. This one focuses on the Kurdish issue, on the grounds of separatist terrorist acts.
By this ultimatum the military is :
a) pressuring the government to grant permission for a military intervention in Northern Iraq (and the real intention is to assault the Kurdish government there and possibly to go all the way down to Musul/Kerkuk)
b) calling the “Turkish nation” to mass reactions against terror [by PKK], which ultimately means against Kurdish movement at large - and you may read here Kurds, pro-democratic & pro-peace people and groups who support a peaceful, political resolution to the Kurdish problem.
c) trying a last resort to put the country in a state of emergency (and war) to stop the upcoming elections.
We request that you lobby/pressure your governments to try to stop the Turkish army through international community and all its relevant organizations binding Turkey, and to support the Parliament, the Government in Turkey.
hCa Turkey (Helsinki Yurttaslar Dernegi / Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly)
Tomtom Mah. Kumbaracý Yokuþu No : 50/3
34433 Beyoglu - Istanbul / Turkey
Tel : +90 212 292 68 42-43 - Fax : +90 212 292 68 44 - e-mail : email@example.com
Web : http://www.hyd.org.tr
Text to be found on hCa Turkey-webpage here.
Translation into French.
The consequent press release by several Turkish NGO including hCA, "OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF TURKISH GENERAL STAFF TARGETS PEACE AND DEMOCRACY DEFENDERS".
More information in English.