Four Turkish parties condemn Idlib attack in joint declaration

Duvar English

Four Turkish political parties have signed a joint declaration condemning an attack which killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib on Feb. 27.

“As
the political parties in the Turkish Grand National Assembly […] we
strongly and vehemently condemn this dastardly and atrocious attack,”
the parties said in a statement on Feb. 28.

The
political parties that signed the statement included the ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican
People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ
(Good) Party.

“We
state that the solution [to the Syria crisis] should be through
political means based on international law, in order to prevent the
humanitarian crisis in the region,” the statement said.

Turkish army will successfully carry out the tasks, assigned to it by the Parliament, it added.

The
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) did not sign the declaration and
issued a two-point declaration explaining why they chose not to sign
it.

“We
do not find it right to
condemn the Idlib disaster together with the ruling alliance [AKP and
MHP], which has undertaken wrong policies in Syria, as if nothing
happened. We are very sorry for every young person who lost his life
and died in Idlib; we wish them mery and offer our condolences to
their families and relatives. But we do not find it appropriate to do
this together with those have the full political responsibility,”
said the HDP’s statement signed by group deputy chairs Fatma Kurtulan
and Saruhan Oluç.

“Despite
all the demands, the Parliament is not holding an emergency meeting;
it is acted as if we are facing an ordinary situation. It is not
discussing the Idlib disaster publicly and openly,” it said.

The HDP also said it found the other parties’ stance “insincere” as they should ask those in charge to give an account of what happened, rather than issuing a mere declaration.

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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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