Turkey's top security meeting held

The National Security Council meets under President Gul, discusses measures against 'structures that threaten national security'

The National Security Council meets under President Gul, discusses measures against 'structures that threaten national security'

ANKARA - Turkey’s top security body -- the National Security Council -- met Wednesday under President Abdullah Gul to discuss measures against "structures threatening national security," an official statement said.

It is considered a reference to the 'state within the state' -- comprising followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- which is accused of trying to topple the government.

The security council comprises Turkish prime minister, Turkish chief of general staff and several cabinet members and ordinarily convenes every two months.

Wednesday’s meeting also saw a discussion of international developments -- including parliamentary elections in Iraq, a deal between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, and the crisis in Ukraine, the statement said.

Members of the council expressed hope the elections would help solve ongoing issues in Iraq within the framework of democracy, while calling the Palestinian agreement a necessary element for permanent peace.

They also expressed concern over the crisis in Ukraine and its repercussions for the Crimean Tatars.

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