22 Questions, 22 Answers: The CHP’s outlook on Turkey’s Kurdish question, a framework for peace


Dear Friends,

The Kurdish issue has long been a fundamental problem of Turkey, costing the lives of more than 20 thousand citizens. Being tragic as it is, lost lives is not the only cost of the lingering ill-fated approach of consecutive Turkish governments. The Kurdish issue, which is first and foremost a problem of democracy (or lack thereof), has also been used as a pretext to suppress democratic demands of not only Kurds, but all Turkish citizens. Although, the so-called, ‘resolution process’ is on the table, the AKP government is proved to be insincere for peace, as it lacks a vision for democracy.

CHP put forward an alternative model for attaining peace and resolving the Kurdish issue which considers democratic participation of all segments of society as an indispensable requirement. Although we proposed number of bills in the parliament to put our perspective in effect and voiced our constructive criticisms regarding the ongoing process, apparently, we have not been able to convey our approach to the international public as effectively as we would have wished.

We hope this booklet will help you to get a better grasp of CHP’s approach to the Kurdish issue and model for peace, which we believe the best way forward towards our long-standing hope: Peace and democracy.


Deputy Chairman, CHP


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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