ISTANBUL (AP) – A gaggle of retired Turkish admirals have been criticized on Sunday for issuing an announcement that authorities officers have been linked to Turkey’s historical past of navy coups.
The 103 former naval officers criticized a suggestion that Turkey might withdraw from the worldwide treaty that regulates navigation via the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits, which join the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay in contrast the signatories to the declaration to “cowards hissing in a cemetery”. Numan Kurtulus, deputy chief of the ruling occasion in Turkey, tweeted that they have been “lovers of outdated Turkey who see themselves above the desire of the nation”.
The potential of leaving the Montreux Conference of 1936 was raised earlier within the week throughout discussions on the development of a navigation canal north of Istanbul that might bypass the Bosphorus.
“The truth that the withdrawal from the Montreux Conference has been open to debate within the context of the Istanbul Canal talks and the authority to exit from worldwide treaties has been greeted with concern,” mentioned the retired admirals in an announcement launched Saturday evening.
“We consider that each one sorts of remarks and acts that might result in discussions on the Montreux Conference, which is essential to Turkey’s survival, must be averted,” the group mentioned.
The ruling occasion and authorities officers drew a parallel with statements that accompanied previous navy takeovers in Turkey. Ankara’s chief prosecutor has opened an investigation into the admirals’ assertion.
Turkey skilled coups in 1960, 1971, and 1980, and a 1997 navy intervention prompted the resignation of an Islamist-led coalition authorities. In 2016, a failed coup claimed greater than 250 lives.
“The assertion by a bunch of retired navy males referring to the coup interval solely made them look ridiculous and pathetic,” Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted.
“Allow them to know that our beloved nation and its representatives won’t ever enable this mentality and enthusiasm for (navy) tutelage,” Kalin mentioned.
In an announcement, the protection ministry mentioned the armed forces couldn’t be used as “a car for greed, ambition and private targets for individuals who haven’t any duties or duties.”