Army calls for unity in Turkey


Ankara - Turkey's army yesterday urged secularist politicians to put aside factional quarrels and unite against the twin threats of Islamist and Kurdish activism.

The secularist generals have increasingly intervened in politics since they spearheaded the downfall of an Islamist-led government in 1997. Civilian power has weakened further in the past month with the collapse of a secularist government which rival party leaders have failed to replace.

"The country needs domestic stability more than ever," Anatolian news agency quoted Gen Atilla Ates, the land forces commander, as saying in the town of Kayseri.