Turkey's opposisiton leader replies to gov't Kurdish opening letter

The chairman of Turkey's main opposition party expressed willingness to meet Erdogan regarding Kurdish opening.

Turkey's opposisiton leader replies to gov't Kurdish opening letter


World Bulletin / News Desk

The chairman of Turkey's main opposition party expressed willingness on Monday to meet the Turkish premier regarding the government's democratic move in an official word that refers to Kurdish opening.

Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he expressed his pleasure to host Erdogan in the following week to discuss the democratic move.

Baykal refused to back the opening.

"I will be pleased to host you at the CHP headquarters at any time you would like next week," Anadolu news agency quoted Baykal as saying in his letter.

On October 8, Erdogan sent a letter to Baykal, requesting a meeting with the main opposition leader regarding the democratic move.

Baykal also enclosed three reports in his response letter to Erdogan.

These three reports were entitled "Approach to East and Southeast Problems and Solution Proposals-1989", "Bill on Using Different Languages than Turkish-1991", and "Parts of CHP Program on East and Southeast Problems-2008".

On July 22, Erdogan announced his government initiated a move to deal with Kurdish issue and Ministry of Interior was assigned with coordination of this task.

A week later, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said their government believed the so-called "Kurdish issue" would be solved with an egalitarian approach through democratization.

Also, on October 9, Erdogan said that he wanted to set a date for debating the government's "democratic move" after he got a response to his letter to the opposition party leader.

"Regional diplomacy"

Interior Minister said Turkey would start regional diplomacy within the opening to stop PKK violence and cut the support of local Kurds, developing the walfare of Kurds in these countries.

Atalay underlined that the matter has security, intelligence, diplomatic and economic dimensions.

"Terror in Turkey to end, worry and fear of terrorism to go away, we take necessary steps to do this. There are many other dimensions. There are meetings with countries of the region and diplomacy. The coming weeks, the work will be intensive. There are foreign travels and meetings. There would be some contacts with Iran, Iraq and Syria in stopping the violence coming in from the North of Iraq. The visits also include northern Iraq as well.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Iraq on Thursday comes amid these developments.

He will be accompanied by ministers and businessmen and will meet Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Iraqi vice presidents and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Also, the First Council of Ministers Meeting of the Turkey-Syria High Level Strategic Cooperation Council will be held in Damascus, Syria on October 13.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and Interior Minister Besir Atalay are among the Turkish ministers who will attend the meeting.

A signature ceremony will take place at the Turkish-Syrian border on mutual visa exemption.

Last Mod: 12 Ekim 2009, 15:57
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