Report by the Hurriyet Daily
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has apparently taken another step in his fight against ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, with Turkey’s top national security body finally amending its top-secret national security document, in line with the threat allegedly posed by Gülen’s followers.
The “Red Book” national security document lists Turkey’s perceived domestic and external threats, and is updated by the MGK when necessary. It was last updated in 2010.
In a previous meeting held on Oct. 30, the MGK publicly documented the Gülen movement as one of the leading threats against the country’s national security.
In remarks delivered just a few hours before he chaired the MGK meeting on April 29, President Erdoğan used a meeting staged to promote projects by the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry as an opportunity to loudly hint at new measures against followers of the Pennsylvania-based Gülen. He repeatedly described Gülenists in the country as “a gang of treachery.”
“Today, Turkey is at the threshold of a critical period. We are facing a lot of threats, from separatist terror to the parallel gang of treachery,” Erdoğan said on April 29, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Turkey lists as a terror organization along with the “parallel state.”
“Those who are annoyed by Turkey’s embrace with its siblings in the region have surrounded our sphere with a ring of fire. We very well know what is being done and for what reason. We also well know who is behind it and what it wants,” he added.
Over the weekend, speaking to reporters during his return from an official visit to Kuwait, Erdoğan had indicated that the MGK meeting would be dominated by the fight against the purported “parallel structure.” He also noted that his office had drafted certain measures and sent it to the government.
‘Genocide’ statements ‘null and void’
Meanwhile at the April 29 meeting, the MGK also maintained that statements and decisions made by some countries and organizations labeling the mass killings of Anatolian Armenians during the World War I as genocide are “null and void” for Turkey, since they are made with “political” motives and not based on historical reality.
The statement, meanwhile, also noted that election security in the run-up to the June 7 parliamentary election was on the agenda during their meeting, with council members briefed about measures to be taken against “incidents that might threaten public order and security.”