No concessions in fight against terrorism: Turkish president

08:43, November 03, 2010      

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Turkey would never make any concessions in its fight against terrorism, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

"Terror does not serve any humanitarian goals," Gul said at the meeting in southern Turkey about Sunday's bomb attack in Istanbul' s central Taksim Square.

"Turkey is a democratic country. Each citizen of the Republic of Turkey has the right to express his or her thoughts freely. But no one can reach any target by resorting to violence," the agency quoted Gul as saying.

"Turkish people assumed a sound stance against terrorism. It is very important to display such a stance as a nation," the president added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the legislator at the parliamentary bloc meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that "Sunday's attack targeted Turkey's unity and integrity."

"Any ideology or goal cannot approve such an inhuman act. Nothing can justify such bloody acts. It is an inhuman attack targeting not only Turkey but the humanity itself," he added.

A suicide bomber detonated the bomb wrapped around his body near a police vehicle in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Sunday morning, blowing himself up and injuring 32 people.

Source: Xinhua


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