Turkish main opposition deems return of Oruç Reis vessel to base ‘a compromise’

Duvar English

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has deemed the return of seismic research vessel Oruç Reis to waters near the southern province of Antalya “a compromise.”

The CHP’s Central Executive Board (MYK) has also called on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to “not make compromises in our rightful cause” following an extraordinary meeting on the escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Oruç Reis returned to waters near Antalya on Sept. 13, Refinitiv data showed, a move Greece said was a positive first step in easing tensions over offshore natural resources.

But Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar played down the significance of the move, saying the ship had returned to shore as part of scheduled plans.

CHP: Diplomacy carried out by decisions of a single person

The CHP also said that it follows the developments closely.

“The fact that parliament is no longer a center of power isolated Turkey in its rightful causes in diplomacy and made it make compromises,” it said in a written statement.

“Diplomacy, which needs to be of the state, has turned into a tool in domestic politics and is now carried out based on the decisions of a single person via putting the Foreign Ministry and bureaucracy out of the picture,” the CHP added.

from Duvar English

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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