CHP voices four concerns regarding peace process

CHP's spokeperson Haluk Koç quickly summarized the four conditions of his party during a press meeting on March 16. AA photo

The Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced on March 16 that they would be ready to support the ongoing peace talks between the government and the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, provided that four conditions are met.

The process has to be conducted legally, transparently, with honesty and without secret agendas, said the CHP’s spokesperson, Haluk Koç, following an extraordinary meeting of his party’s parliamentary group. Koç said that the concerns were unanimously accepted by the deputies participating in the closed-door group meeting.

The CHP’s insistence on the legality of the process is mainly related to the involvement of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) as a facilitator of the talks, noted daily Hürriyet. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had previously said that the MİT should have been tasked by law to perform this duty.

The opposition members also voiced support to Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chair Gültan Kışanak’s proposition to “include Parliament to increase the legality” of the process. According to Hürriyet, CHP members emphasize that they do not have “official data” on the process that would enable them to decide whether to support or go against the process, hence their insistence on transparency. The CHP’s comments on a “secret agenda” refer to allegations that the process is a means to establishing a Presidential system in Turkey due to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s will to become the first president in the new system.


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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