Over and above the CHP’s opposition on these grounds and the Turkish Communist Party’s opposition to the AKP’s Syria policy, is the fact that over two-thirds of Turks polled last month by a local think tank, oppose Turkish intervention in Syria, while a majority (including the AKP’s own supporters) believe Turkey should play a more neutral role in the Syrian crisis.
Here is the Hurriyet story:
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the government’s policy on Syria, saying that only Israelbenefits from the current situation.
This is because a Kurdish state is in the works, Kılıçdaroğlu said. Turkey’s foreign policy has been focused on removing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, without asking what will follow it, he said. “Syria is very important for Russia, too. This was discounted as well,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding “our foreign policy has become chaotic.” He accused the government of “play[ing] backgammon on behalf of others,” on the Syria issue. “They don’t know what to do next,” he said.