The thirty day-old Turkish government of Suleyman Demirel is now facing what could become a serious political crisis.
GV Official car draws up outside Presidential residence and Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel and Opposition Leader Bulent Ecevit walk up steps (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: Mr. Demirel speaking in Turkish
GV Newsmen gathered in conference room
SV Mr. Ecevit speaking to newsmen
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Background: The thirty day-old Turkish government of Suleyman Demirel is now facing what could become a serious political crisis. The government does not have enough money o pay for oil imports - meaning that thousands of Turkish homes are feeling the cold winder - and recently (2 January) the country's military chiefs called on the politicians to unite in overcoming the country's problems.
SYNOPSIS: The statement by the military leaders has been viewed by many diplomats as thinly veiled threat of a possible army coup. The military leaders said that anarchists and separatists are preparing for an uprising in Turkey and called on the country's politicians to unite in overcoming the country's political and economic problems. The message from the military was given to Turkish President Fahri Koruturk. The President, in turn, called in Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel and Opposition Leader Bulent Ecevit to discuss the message.
At the present time the country is facing a serious economic crisis. The government cannot afford to buy heating oil and thousand of Turks are being forced to spend the Winter without heat or hot water. The Prime Minister, Mr. Demirel, has been deeply concerned about the crisis. However, he says he refuses to take responsibility for problems caused by the previous government of Mr. Ecevit.
Diplomats in Turkey are comparing Turkey's present crisis of economic hardship and political violence with the period before the military intervened peacefully in 1971 with a so-called "coup by communique". The message is also believed to be a final warning to Mr. Ecevit and opposition members of parliament to unite behind the new government and any measures it introduces aimed at easing the present crisis.