World Bulletin/News Desk
The head of the Republican People's Party's (CHP) branch in Suruc, a district of Sanliurfa province, and several other CHP officials at the branch resigned from their positions on Thursday, citing the party's lack of support for the ongoing settlement process to solve the Kurdish conflict.
Turkish state authorities, working to set a timetable for the disarmament of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), have been holding settlement negotiations with the group's imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, since October. Ocalan has significant influence among PKK members and supporters, and the state believes that talks with Ocalan will lead to its goal of a PKK withdrawal and, in the long run, full disarmament.
The main opposition CHP supported the process at the outset but it has withdrawn its support, accusing the government of failing to be transparent.
On Thursday, Sahin Yilmaz, head of the CHP's Suruc district branch, and several other CHP officials at the branch announced that they had resigned from the party because of the CHP's stance on the process.
“We are resigning from our positions because the CHP leadership isn't contributing to the solution process,” Yilmaz said, speaking to reporters, adding that he and his fellow resignees fully support the process.
The mayor of Sanliurfa from the CHP and the head of the CHP's branch in Bingol's Solhan district previously resigned from their positions, citing the same reason.Last Mod: 03 Mayıs 2013, 10:35