Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit
Statement Supporting Actions Against Afghanistan
October 7, 2001
An air operation targeting airports in Afghanistan's major cities, Taleban's
military centers and the Al Qa'eda Organisation has started at 19:15 hours this
evening in the context of Operation Enduring Freedom. It is pleasing to observe
that President Bush in his statement, today, emphasized that the operation has
targeted only terrorists, that care has been taken for not hurting innocent
people and that measures have been taken for providing humanitarian assistance
to the Afghani people.
Vice President Dick Cheney has called President Sezer prior to the commencement
of the Operation and notification has been provided through diplomatic and military
channels, as well.
As it has been publicly expressed on several occasions following the heinous
terrorist attacks against the USA on 11 September 2001, Turkey as a responsible
and friendly ally, will support the US in its struggle against terrorism.
Turkey, as a country which has been advocating the necessity of an international
campaign in the struggle against terrorism for a long time, supports the efforts
to strenghten the international law regarding this issue and the establishment
of an organisation for international cooperation in this context.
The operation is being conducted in line with the UNSC resolutions 1368 and
1373 and within the framework of Article V of the NATO Treaty, with the support
of some NATO member countries as well as some other countries outside NATO.
Every precaution, both domestic and foreign, has been taken concerning the Operation.