Islamic Fundamentalists Threat to Turkey

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer Talking Sense…?

ANKARA, Oct 1: Turkey’s president warned on Sunday of a continued fundamentalist threat to his country and said the military, the traditional guardians of the secular system, must be kept powerful.

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was speaking at the formal opening of the legislative year, his last address to parliament before he steps down as president in May 2007.

His words appeared to be aimed at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, which has Islamic roots, and against the European Union which has been pressurising Turkey to curb the military’s powers.

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