President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 27 reiterated Turkey's "determination" to realize the Kanal Istanbul project and slammed the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) criticisms.
"They are trying to end the project before it begins, with some claims that have no scientific, logical or reasonable explanation," Erdoğan said.
Turkey on Dec. 27 commemorated the centenary of the arrival of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, in the capital Ankara.
The commemoration events started at Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Atatürk, with the attendance of top officials. Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin laid a wreath on Atatürk's tomb.
Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Dec. 19 accused the government of "betraying" the metropolis Istanbul with the planned Canal Istanbul project. He also claimed that the project will not be actualized because there will be "a change of government in the next elections."