Press Statement of CHP Deputy Chairman Ünal Çeviköz on the Middle East Peace Plan

The ‘Middle East Peace Plan’ announced by the US President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on 28 January 2020 is a dangerous initiative that has been designed more with domestic policy concerns and one that may lead to new tensions in our region. Both leaders are throwing the Middle East to the fire to divert the public opinion from the judicial proceedings against them amidst upcoming elections in their countries.
The said plan aims to annex certain areas in the West Bank by deepening the Israeli occupation on Palestinian lands, recognizes, by violating United Nations resolutions, all of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, takes away the repatriation rights of Palestinian refugees and although appearing to be accepting an independent Palestinian State, it actually keeps its hold on the future of the Palestinian State by linking its independence with conditions and extending the timeline.
We reject this plan which is against international law and which will further raise the tensions in our region. As CHP, we have been, since the beginning, advocating for the resolution of the Israel-Palestinian issue on the basis of a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital city of the State of Palestine. For this, Israel should follow the UN resolutions, primarily the United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 242, should withdraw from the territory occupied during the 1967 war and should cease its activities that aim to change the status of Jerusalem.
We would like to warn our people of the crocodile tears of the AKP government that declared Jerusalem as the ‘red line’. The AKP government does not follow any policy other than using the Middle East Peace Plan of Trump for the purposes of domestic politics and hence to harness votes.

In the deepening political division among the Palestinian people, one can see the traces of wrong Middle East policy of the AKP government that set the ground for the emergence of this and similar plans with its wrong Middle East policy pursued so far.
CHP stands by the Palestinian people. So far, we have always followed a policy of result-oriented initiatives by all relevant parties for a lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine issue within the framework of UN resolutions and on a two-state basis. We will maintain this attitude also in the future.

29.01.2020

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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