The leader of Turkey's main opposition party said on Monday that the government would not be able to cooperate with opposition parties unless it clarifies the uncertainties regarding its "democratic move" activities.
Holding a press conference on the government's "democratic move" initiative in capital Ankara, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Deniz Baykal said that his party would not get on a ship whose route was unknown.
"The point we have reached and the activities that have been held so far affected Turkey negatively rather than unifying the country," he said.
Baykal said that the government's initiative was an "open-ended process with an unclear context and framework".
Baykal also said that Turkish public was getting concerned on whether the activities carried out within the framework of the democratic move initiative would cause an ethnical resolution and division.
"It has been seen that this project aims at dividing the public," he said.
Baykal said that the government and the circles under its influence were negotiating with "terrorism", rather than fighting with it.
"These talks will not put an end to terrorism," Baykal said.
CHP leader also said that the government's move was an effort aiming to grant a political and national aspect to a certain ethnical identity.
"I have no doubt that such move is a dangerous initiative that will destroy our national unity and the basic political identity laid down by Republic of Turkey," Baykal said.
"Turkey should resist against all kinds of pressure and carry on with its fight against terrorism in a serious way. Besides, it should display efforts to eliminate the separations within the society and to turn them into a movement of integration," he also said.
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