Permanent truce in Idlib is essential, says main opposition CHP

A “permanent ceasefire” in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib is essential “as soon as possible,” according to Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

“We lost our heroes outside our borders. Why did we lose them? We are waiting for a reasonable answer,” CHP spokesperson Faik Öztrak told a press conference in Ankara.

“The period from March 5, 2020, to the Kremlin is the largest fiasco in the republic’s history. The only good thing in this fiasco is the cessation of military activities in the field to prevent any more martyrs,” he said.

Öztrak’s remarks came after the CHP’s Central Executive Board (MYK) met at the party’s headquarters.

“A permanent ceasefire should be ensured as soon as possible,” he said.

The spokesperson also referred to the four questions that CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu demanded that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ask during the head of state’s recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

“First question, why did you martyr our soldiers even though we informed you about the troops’ whereabouts? Second question, why did you attack a second time even though we warned you after the first one?” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

Kılıçdaroğlu also said he wanted Erdoğan to ask Putin why they “did not allow choppers to bring the martyrs and wounded to Turkey.”

“Fourth question, according to the law of war, ambulances carrying the injured will not be hit. Why did you hit the ambulances?” he said.

“He could not ask these four questions to Putin. While we were expecting an apology from Putin, the delegation from [the ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP rejoiced at his condolences,” Öztrak said.

“We are asking again, who drove our soldiers to the field without ensuring air control and without providing the coordinates to Russian officials?” Öztrak added.

Hurriyet Daily News

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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