CHP’s package of proposals for Kurdish question

CHP Vice-Presidents Sezgin Tanrıkulu, Faruk Logoglu

The CHP proposal on a settlement for the Kurdish question, submitted to Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek by the CHP Vice-Presidents Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Faruk Loğoğlu last week, calls for the formation of a joint “Social Consensus Commission,” similar to Constitution Conciliation Commission. It also envisages the creation of another panel outside Parliament, the “Wise People Commission,” to discuss ways of resolving the Kurdish conflict.

CHP President, Main Opposition Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Prime Minister Erdoğan

The CHP package that includes a fresh mechanism to deal with the Kurdish question to be discussed between CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at 3 p.m on June 6 at the AKP’s headquarters in Ankara.

The CHP package consists of the following items:

1) The Kurdish issue remains at the top of the country’s agenda. Violence and terror activities continue as a result of the lack of a solution to the issue. Our country’s human and economic resources are being wasted in addition to the daily losses of life.

2) The history of the Turkish Republic is full of evidence demonstrating that the Kurdish problem cannot be solved with security-focused policies.

3) Putting other [non-security-focused policies] into practice without delay is a necessity. The political sphere must be reorganized and new political measures should be implemented in a way to provide a democratic solution that will bring about societal peace.

4) The main location for solving important problems concerning all of society is Parliament. Solving the Kurdish problem requires a national contract.

5) Society wants to see a solution that will produce security, comfort, confidence and peace under which no citizen will lose his or her life while also ending increasing polarization and tension due to deadlock.

6) It is inexplicable and unacceptable that Parliament, which has already started a process to seek a societal consensus for the new constitution, has not launched a similar initiative on the Kurdish problem.

7) The main objectives of our proposal are to create direct and constant dialogue between the political parties, reduce differences in perspective and approach to a minimum, and reground the language of politics in compromise and the search for a democratic solution.

8) Our proposal is to form a “Social Consensus Commission” under the roof of Parliament and to form a “Group of Wise People” to function on the civilian side in cooperation with Parliament.

9) The Social Consensus Commission will consist of eight members and be based on the equal participation of the political parties represented in Parliament. The Wise People Group, which will consist of 12 personalities again distributed equally between the political parties, will assist the commission. The Social Consensus Commission will decide on its own working rules and methods as well as define the duties of the Wise People Group.

10) Article 10 summarizes the CHP’s work on the article.


About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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