Main opposition CHP's hawkish wing slams pro-peace deputies

The support given by some CHP deputies to a declaration calling for the peaceful settlement of Turkey's long-standing Kurdish problem has drawn angry reactions from other CHP deputies.

Main opposition CHP's hawkish wing slams pro-peace deputies

World Bulletin/News Desk

A group of deputies in the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) who are known to be “hawkish” have slammed some deputies from the party for supporting a declaration titled “Peace for Democracy, Freedom,” accusing those deputies of diverging from the party line.

Recently, some CHP deputies, such as CHP Deputy Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu and deputies Alaattin Yüksel, Aykan Erdemir, Ayşe Danişoğlu, Binnaz Toprak, Hülya Güven, Hüseyin Aygün, İlhan Cihaner, Kadir Gökmen Öğüt and Melda Onur, signed a declaration prepared by a group of intellectuals.

The declaration called for the peaceful settlement of Turkey's long-standing Kurdish problem and an improvement of the country's democracy.

The declaration also described the ongoing settlement process with terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a crucial opportunity, noting that the ending of violence and the laying down of weapons as part of this process made a debate regarding the Kurdish problem possible in a democratic and civilian way.

The support given by some CHP deputies to this declaration has drawn angry reactions from other CHP deputies, such as İstanbul deputy Nur Serter.

Holding a news conference in Parliament on Thursday, Serter, who was accompanied by CHP deputies İsa Gök, Dilek Akagün Yılmaz, Gürkut Acar, Şevki Kulkuloğlu, Birgül Ayman Güler and Süheyl Batum, said the CHP deputies who supported the declaration undermine the effectiveness and reliability of the party's policies with regard to the settlement process.

The CHP is against the settlement process launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government with the PKK in a bid to resolve the conflict. The party initially supported the process but later withdrew its support.

“We believe that the unity of the party can only be achieved by remaining loyal to the principles and policies of the party at a time when Turkey is going through a very fragile and difficult process. We call on our party members to unite to this end,” Serter said.

She later read out a text titled “Call to Unity,” and said her party is not a partner in the settlement process, which she said was actually a bargaining process with the PKK.

Serter added that signing declarations that are not in compliance with the party's principles and ideology damages the unity and solidarity of the party.

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