CHP Spokeperson Faik Öztrak’s Press Statement

Dear Press Members,Yesterday, we experienced the longest night of the shortest month of the year. Thirty-three of our soldiers have killed in İdlib. Thirty-two of our soldiers has injured.We wish mercy upon them.We wish urgent healing to our injured soldiers, to the families of our martyrs and the Turkish Armed Forces.We wish condolences and patience to our nation.We evaluated the developments in İdlib at the Central Committee Meeting then we continued to assess developments today. We called TGNA to discuss this issue, and we’ve decided to call TGNA for a closed session.Our Group Vice Presidents today, under the terms of the Constitutions called for an extraordinary meeting for tomorrow at 2 pm to discuss this issue in a closed session.Our call for this meeting is basing upon the terms of the constitution.
Our call is to overcome the very severe process with union and integrity.
The Turkish Army is the Army of the TGNA.According to Constitution Article 117, 1st passage, The Office of Commander-in-Chief is inseparable from the spiritual existence of the
Grand National Assembly of Turkey and is represented by the President of the Republic.Secondly, according to our constitution article 117 paragraph 2nd, The President of the Republic shall be responsible to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for national security and the preparation of the armed forces for the defence of the country.Under these circumstances, TGNA should be informed directly not through assigned ministers; but by President Erdoğan; it is a necessity concerning the moral integrity of TGNA. That is also a fact upon the articles 104 and 107 of the constitution.The responsible authority should inform the parliament.The adaptation of this extraordinary meeting to the regular meeting schedule makes this tragedy a casual event.We call the chairman of the TGNA to obey the Laws of the TGNA.We invite you to open the way to the commonsense in TGNA.
That is our Party’s expectation.I won’t get any questions today since the authority remains silent.CHP Spokeperson Faik Öztrak’s Press Statement28.02.2020

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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