Turkey’s main opposition leader calls for emergency CHP executive board meeting over East Med tensions

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has called for an emergency Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting to discuss the latest developments in the eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey and Greece are at loggerheads over hydrocarbon resources.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) is looking to evaluate the latest developments in the region in an extraordinary MYK meeting, Gerçek Gündem news site reported on Sunday, citing a statement by the CHP press office.

Kılıçdaroğlu’s call arrives as Turkey on Sunday withdrew seismic research vessel Oruç Reis from contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean, returning to waters near the southern province of Antalya amid brewing tensions in the region between Athens and Ankara over hydrocarbon resources.  

The CHP has gone on record to criticise the government for its foreign policy in the region, saying the AKP was dragging the country into a crisis.

Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the CHP of siding with Athens in the dispute and “taking on the tone of (critical) Greek media.’’

Later on Sunday, the party’s executive board released a statement calling on the AKP fight against giving up the nation’s deserved rights. The board also accused the governing party of exploiting foreign policy to make gains in the domestic politics.

The MYK statement said that the CHP sees the withdrawal of seismic vessel Oruç Reis as a ”concession.”  

Even though there is a clear need for foreign affairs to be conducted as policies of the state, it said, Turkey had become a one-man show, which excluded the Turkish Foreign Ministry and bureaucracy.

Moreover, the CHP sees the recent protocols between the United States and the South Cyprus as well as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks on the region as a source of a big source of concern, it said.


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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