Turkish main opposition leader pens letter to WHO, UN with poet Nazım Hikmet’s words

Duvar English

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has penned a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations with Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet’s words.

In the letter, Kılıçdaroğlu stressed the importance of international cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, saying that the measures and treatments of a country effects the others.

He also urged the UN to declare March 11, which is the date that the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, as the “World Struggle and Solidarity Day Against Pandemic.”

Saying that the cooperation among countries should not be limited to the healthcare area, Kılıçdaroğlu noted that the acceptance of March 11 as the said day would constitute the beginning of the humanity’s obligation to build a common future.

“We need to build a new future that inequalities and injustices in the distribution of wealth between the countries is decreased to the minimum level. We need to plan this new future by taking all living beings into account and not just humanity,” he said in the letter.

He also cited lines from Hikmet’s famous poem “On Living.”

“Living is no laughing matter: you must take it seriously. So much so and to such a degree that, for example, your hands tied behind your back, your back to the wall, or else in a laboratory in your white coat and safety glasses you can die for people – even for people whose faces you’ve never seen.”

Nazım Hikmet

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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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