Justice & Development (AK) Party chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday thanked Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal for his affirmative response to his request for appointment.
"This is a positive step for me. I will give necessary reply after assessing the matter," Erdogan said at his AK Party group meeting.
"I will absolutely not assess the content of the letter now. We will do it when we meet," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said an open session would take place at the parliament, "we will have the opportunity to share the developments regarding the initiative process with the parliamentarians and the nation. Every step will be carried out with the implicit approval of the public. This is not a secret process."
Deniz Baykal sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, expressing his pleasure to host Erdogan in the following week to discuss the democratic move.
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 that his government initiated a move to deal with Kurdish issue and the 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.
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