World Bulletin/News Desk
Co-chairperson of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Selahattin Demirtaş on Wednesday accused the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) of wanting the failure of the ongoing settlement process, which aims to resolve the country's long-standing Kurdish problem.
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government has been sponsoring talks with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for several months in order to resolve the conflict between the government and PKK. As part of the process, the PKK has begun to withdraw from Turkish soil.
Speaking to reporters at a meeting in Parliament, Demirtaş said the settlement process is actually in line with proposals the CHP made earlier for the solution of the Kurdish problem but Kılıçdaroğlu wants the process to fail.
When reminded of the CHP leader's remark, “The prime minister wants to make us a part of the failure,” Demirtaş said: “He is actually voicing his expectation on the issue. He means to say, ‘This process should fail so that we can say thankfully we did not become a part of it.'”
Demirtaş said instead of staying outside the process and waiting to see whether it will fail or not, it would be better for Kılıçdaroğlu to get involved and make a contribution to the process.
The CHP supported the talks with the PKK in the beginning but it has withdrawn its support claiming that the government has lacked transparency during the process.Last Mod: 16 Mayıs 2013, 09:57