| || || || Deputy Prime Minister Ertuğrul Yalçınbayır said that a no vote to the motion would show that Turkey has a strong democracy. Yalçınbayır was one of the ministers who put his signature to the cabinet paper to be tabled in parliament.|
Also on Tuesday, AKP chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said there was not binding party decision on deputies to support the motion to permit foreign troops to be stationed on Turkish soil. However, an Istanbul parliamentary deputy from the AKP who opposed to agreement with the US allowing for the upgrading of Turkish ports and military bases, Göksal Küçükali, has been sent to the partys disciplinary council.
Küçükali earlier said that he would resign from the AKP if the government voted in favour of supporting the US against Iraq.