The parliamentary main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lent full support to the Turkish AKP government's military operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants in Syria’s Afrin province.
"We are totally confident about our brave army and give full support to the operation. What we care about is the security of our borders. No countries would want a terrorist organization on their border,” CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told Hürriyet on Jan. 20.
CHP Vice Chairman and spokesman Bülent Tezcan similarly voiced the party’s support for the operation on Jan. 21 during a press conference organized at the party headquarters in Ankara.
"Our glorious army has initiated an important operation. Our support is full. We stand behind this operation as the nation and will continue to do so," Tezcan said.
"The most important thing to keep in mind at the end of this process is that Syria should have territorial integrity. A strategic political solution on Syria should be focused on. We should stand behind the sovereignty of Syria and territorial integrity," he added.
"It is our biggest wish that the Olive Branch Operation, which was launched by our glorious army, achieves its target in the shortest time possible and our soldiers come back home without harm," Tezcan had written in an earlier message posted on Twitter on Jan. 21.
The ultra-nationalist MHP has also voiced support for the Afrin operation. "There is no other way to clear our borders from terror," MHP leader Bahçeli told reporters.
Fascist İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener also voiced support for the operation. "Our full prayers are with our glorious army and heroic soldiers in the Afrin operation. May God ensure that this operation is completed without any loss of lives and may our soldiers be full of power and strength. May God protect them," Akşener tweeted late on Jan. 20. ng our country’s borders, but you will hit us from within? Is that so? Just as we rooted out those in the mountains from their caves; we will never leave these streets to your own discretion,” Erdoğan said.
Meanwhile, the country’s leading business association, the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TÜSİAD), also voiced full support for the military operation.
"Our hearts are with the Turkish Armed Forces in our rightful fight against terror elements," association head Erol Bilecik said in a written statement on Jan. 21.
TKP: HANDS OFF SYRIA!
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) criticised the military operation of the AKP government on the Syrian soil.
Noting that Syria has long been turned into an arena for the bloody games of the imperialist powers, and that the AKP government of Turkey has sought ways to integrate in these imperialist projects, TKP underlined that the Turkish AKP government's recent military operation in Syria has "nothing to do with any national interest or security issue of Turkey.