World Bulletin/News Desk
The CHP delegation’s March 8 visit to Syria on International Women's Day, which has drawn the criticism of members of the Turkish government particularly Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been brought to the attention of the UN.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has written a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon explaining the purpose behind the CHP delegation’s visit to Syria.
The CHP leader stressed that the purpose of the delegation, which coincided with International Women's Day, was to “attend to the human right of the Syrian refugees in the camps and the tragedies of the split families.”
Stressing that the CHP is "the only political party in contact with both the regime and the opposition," Kilicdaroglu said in his letter that “the CHP will continue its efforts for Syria, peace, security and stability in Syria.”
Syria's state-run news agency, SANA, reported that a parliamentary delegation from the CHP paid a visit to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on March 6.
SANA reported that the CHP delegation “expressed the Turkish people's rejection to interfering in Syria's internal affairs and keenness for establishing good neighborly relations.”
Assad reportedly underlined the “necessity of differentiating between the stances of the Turkish people in support of Syria's stability and the stances of Erdoğan's government, which insists on supporting terrorism and extremism and on destabilizing the region.”
Prime Minister Erdogan has criticized the delegation for paying a visit to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Why did the main opposition party send three of its deputies to meet with this dictator [Assad]? What do they want?” asked Erdogan, speaking at a joint press conference with Robert Ameerali, the vice president of Suriname, on March 8. Erdogan called attention to how the Assad administration has attacked Turkey in the past and killed approximately 70,000 people thus far.