Prime Minister: We will not allow provocation between our fellows
VAN - After the funeral ceremony in Van for the 16 soldiers who were killed by the PKK on Sunday in Daglica, Hakkari, they were sent to their hometowns.
The funeral ceremony was organized in Van, the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Numan Kurtulmus, Presidency of Religious Affairs Leader Professor Dr Mehmet Gormez, General Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, Province Leader Ibrahim Tasyapan, Gendarme Public Order Cops Commander, Chief Prosecutor of Turkey, Regional Administrative Court Executive, Province Gendarme Commander, 6th Boarder Regiment Commander Staff Colonel, Provincial Police Manager Mahmut Karaaslan, institution managers and soldiers all joined the ceremony.
Davutoglu made an invitation to unity and stoicism, “We will not allow provocation between our children in this land. It is not the day to blame anybody.”
“We will not allow provocation between our fellows”
We should unify and be together against this struggle just like our citizens did hundred years ago during Turkey’s War of Independence, said Davutoglu.
“We will continue to live in this land together in a unification. We should stand against this altogether. We will not allow provocation between our fellows. We should show them our unity and solidarity. Regardless of our political views, we should stand together against these traitor incidents.”
It has been noted that Davutoglu could not hold his tears during his speech.
The corpses of the 16 soldiers were brought to the funeral centre with ambulances. The corpses of 10 soldiers were sent to their hometowns and 6 soldiers were sent to Institute of Forensic Science in Ankara
Corpses of Staff Sergeant Okan Tasan, Sergeant Deniz Gockun, Specialist Sergeants Tayfur Hancer, Harun Saltali, Contracted Soldier Resul Coskun, Private Infantry Muharrem Oksuz were sent to the Institute of Forensic Science in Ankara this morning.
During the operations in Daglica 16 soldiers were killed due to a group of PKK members fitting explosive substances on the highway. The corpses of the soldiers were taken to Van with the army helicopters. They were then taken to the Army Hospital in Van. (ILKHA)