CHP Foreign Policy Chief Faruk Loğoğlu criticized gov’t refusal to extradite al-Hashemi and the lack of progress in the EU reform process

CHP Vice-President Faruk Logoglu

The government’s refusal to extradite Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court, may be the last straw in bilateral relations between the countries, a main opposition party member has said.

“Instead of acting in line with a state of law identity, the government has made the al-Hashemi case an issue of challenge for sectarian inspirations, merely in a tribal mentality,” Faruk Loğoğlu, deputy chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) said yesterday in a written statement.

The government should have defused the situation and negotiated with the Iraqi government to find a compromise in line with al-Hashemi’s position that he was ready to return to Iraq if fair trial conditions and his safety were provided, Loğoğlu stated.

Ankara’s relations with Baghdad are on the verge of breaking off, the CHP deputy said, adding that Turkey had approached Arbil.

He called on the government to revise Turkey’s foreign policy immediately and base it on international law and good neighborhood principles.

Meanwhile, the main opposition party also criticized European Union Minister Egemen Bağış for not opening any acquis chapters in the negotiations of Turkey with the EUduring his term.

“There is not a single chapter issue and title which he has – up to today – negotiated, opened or closed. Therefore Egemen Bağış is an otiose minister,” Erdoğan Toprak, another CHP deputy chair, said in a written statement yesterday.

He slammed Bağış’s recent remarks criticizing CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s statements suggesting that the deadly blast at an ammunition depot in Afyonkarahisar, which killed 25 soldiers on Sept. 5, was sabotage.

Referring to Kılıçdaroğlu’s allegations on the Afyonkarahisar blast, Bağış had said, “Almost 99 percentage of his claims turned up false.”

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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