Turkish Opposition Opposed to Using Foreign Demining Companies

Turkish opposition parties have called into question government plans to tender clearance of minefields along the Turkish-Syrian border.  Citing security concerns, they do not want the contract to go to a foriegn company.  They are particularly concerned that Israeli companies might win such a contract.

The Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized this as xenophobia and the “result of a fascist mentality.”

“The opposition is blocking the efforts without proposing an alternative. We are losing time,” he said.

For more information on the issue of mine contamination in Turkey, click here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 25 May 2009.

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