Plans to curb national terrorism in Turkey emerged following a high level meeting of political leaders on Thursday (24 July).
GV Turkish opposition leader, Mr. Ecevit entering presidential palace
SV Prime Minister, Mr. Demirel entering room and being greeted by President Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil and Mr. Ecevit and all three sitting
SCU Mr. Ecevit speaking in English
ECEVIT: "Since the foundation of the present minority Government headed by the Justice Party terror in terms of daily human lives lost has increased by four times. The main opposition party, the Republican Peoples' Party has become one of the main targets of terroristic attacks. In recent weeks we have lost the lives of several of our provincial leaders and more recently, one of our members of Parliament has been killed. Also in recent days a prominent statesman, ex-Prime Minister Professor Nihat Erim and a prominent labour leader have been killed. For over four months, because of the obstacles presented by the party in power, the Parliament has not been able to elect the President of the Republic. The Parliament has almost lost all its functions. Under the circumstances, we believe that the formation of a grand coalition, particularly between the two main parties, our party, the Republican Peoples' Party and the Justice Party, which as I said, heads a minority Government, rejects this proposal."
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Background: Plans to curb national terrorism in Turkey emerged following a high level meeting of political leaders on Thursday (24 July). One thousand nine hundred Turks have been killed this year in political violence and this is the first time the opposing leaders have met to discuss the problem.
SYNOPSIS: The fact that the meeting was taking place at all was seen as an encouraging sign.
When Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel arrived at the talks he was met by acting President Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil and his main political rival, left-wing opposition leader Bulent Ecevit. Mr. Caglayangil hosted the four hour dinner at which Mr. Ecevit agreed to support Government anti-terrorist bills to try to secure peace in Turkey...Mr. Ecevit explained the situation: