Turkish Parliament issues statement of solidarity with Kazakhstan

ANKARA

Four political parties in the Turkish parliament, except the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), issued a joint statement of solidarity with Kazakhstan on January 12 following the unrest in the Central Asian country.

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“We follow with concern the developments that have taken place in brotherly Kazakhstan in recent days. The stability and peace of Kazakhstan are as important to us as the peace and tranquility of our country,” a joint statement by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican Party of People (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and opposition İYİ (Good) Party said.

The statement conveys its condolences to the Kazakh people who died in the events and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

The parties condemned the “violent” acts during the turmoil.

“We condemn acts of violence that endanger human life, disturb public order and damage property,” the statement said.

They expressed their support for the Kazakh government’s reform program to further improve the welfare and well-being of the people.

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The parliament will not forget the solidarity expressed by Kazakhstan during the July 15, 2016 coup attempts in Turkey, the statement said.

“Turkey, which has stood with Kazakhstan since the first day of its independence, will continue to provide all kinds of support for the peace and stability of Kazakhstan, which are of vital importance for the region as a whole,” he added.
The protests began on January 2 in the western part of Kazakhstan following a sharp rise in fuel prices and spread across the country.

The country declared a nationwide state of emergency and asked a Russian-led military alliance to send in troops to help restore order.

The cabinet resigned and former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev was ousted as head of the National Security Council.

Sharon P. Juarez