Bid to list parallel state as top security threat - Turkish president
A parallel state structure accused of allegedly forming illegal control mechanisms inside the Turkish state could be entered onto Turkey's list of national threats, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
Speaking on Saturday night en route from the Afghan capital of Kabul to Istanbul, Erdogan said: "The parallel structure and its nesting inside the state are among the elements threatening our national security.", Anadolu Agency reported.
"All these national security threats will form the agenda issues for our National Security Council [MGK] meeting this month."
MGK, which gathers once every two months to develop national security policy, will next meet in October.
He added: "A list of recommendations regularly appears after our exchanges in the meeting."
"If it [the fight with parallel structure] takes place on the recommendations list and Turkey's cabinet of ministers adopt the stance, the threat can enter into Turkey's National Security Policy Document."
The document, known as the "Red Book", is updated every five or 10 years.
Erdogan explained: "Next year, the time expires for the update of the document as it is renewed every five years."
"However, it could not be necessary to wait for exactly five years. In extraordinary situations, we can take this to an earlier date and make the necessary changes."
The president explained that, if the parallel state is listed in the document, it "would change the perspective of both the judiciary and the international community to the issue".
"The countries having ties of fraternity and friendship ties would not ignore a decision taken by the Turkish cabinet and a body as important as the MGK," he said.