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Four Turkish political parties have signed a joint declaration condemning the attack that killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib on Feb. 27.

“As the political parties in the Turkish Parliament […] we strongly and vehemently condemn this dastardly and atrocious attack,” the parties said in a statement on Feb. 28.

The political parties that signed the statement included the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ (Good) Party.

“We state that the solution [to the Syria crisis] should be through political means based on international law, in order to prevent the humanitarian crisis in the region,” the statement said.

The Turkish army will successfully carry out the tasks assigned to it by the Parliament, it added.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) did not sign the declaration and issued a two-point declaration explaining why it chose not to sign it.

“We do not find it right to condemn the Idlib disaster together with the ruling alliance [AKP and MHP], which has undertaken wrong policies in Syria, as if nothing happened. We are very sorry for every young person who lost his life and died in Idlib; we wish them mercy and offer our condolences to their families and relatives. But we do not find it appropriate to do this together with those have the full political responsibility,” said the HDP’s statement signed by group deputy chairs Fatma Kurtulan and Saruhan Oluç.

“Despite all the demands, the Parliament is not holding an emergency meeting; it is acted as if we are facing an ordinary situation. It is not discussing the Idlib disaster publicly and openly,” it said.

The HDP also said it found the other parties’ stance “insincere” as they should ask those in charge to give an account of what happened, rather than issuing a mere declaration.