World Bulletin/News Desk
Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek has sent new letters to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), asking the two parties if they will send members to a newly-established commission in Parliament to deal with the ongoing settlement process seeking to solve the decades-old conflict between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the government.
The letters reached the headquarters of the two parties on Monday.
The CHP and the MHP previously announced that they will not send deputies to the commission.
The commission will have 17 members, 10 of which will be elected from among the deputies of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), four from the CHP, two from the MHP and one from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) -- according to the number of seats that the parties hold in Parliament.
If the CHP and the MHP do not send deputies, the commission will start working with 11 members.
In his letters, Çiçek asked the CHP and the MHP to convey their final decision about whether or not to send deputies to the commission on May 6 at the latest.
The Parliament speaker also sent a separate letter to the BDP, asking it to elect one deputy to send to the commission.
The AK Party recently announced the names of 10 deputies it will send to the commission: Yalçın Akdoğan, Naci Bostancı, Mehmet Metiner, Fatoş Gürkan, Fatih Çiftçi, Ziver Özdemir, İdris Şahin, Abdülkerim Gök, Halil Ürün and Süleyman Hamzaoğulları.Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2013, 10:12