Friday, June 7, 2013

Turkish leader slightly mellows his tone

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have moderated his rhetoric regarding the anti-government protests in his country.

Speaking at a news conference in Tunisia on Thursday, Erdogan acknowledged that some Turks have been involved in the protests out of environmental concerns. But he suggested his government would press ahead with redevelopment plans for Istanbul that sparked the nearly week-long unrest.

He also insisted that some "terror groups" were involved in the demonstrations. His comments were carried by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

All eyes were turned on his tone, which could be decisive in determining whether the protests fizzle out or rage on and continue to shake his mainly Muslim but secular country, which has been touted as a model of stability in the region.


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