World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with the leaders of opposition Felicity Party (SP) and Grand Unity Party (BBP) on Wednesday, July 14.
Over the past few weeks, there has been an ongoing polemic in Turkey over a possible meeting between the prime minister and other political party leaders to discuss the increasing terrorism in the country.
Politicians' inability to even put their heads together on the country's most critical issues has topped the country's agenda, with the leaders citing various excuses to avoid the meeting, a long-lasting tradition which stands as one of the biggest roadblocks in Turkish politics.
Erdogan had requested appointments from opposition parties in order to discuss the recent surge in PKK acts in Turkey, Anadolu Agency.
Erdogan is set to visit SP at 2:00pm and BBP at 4:00 pm.
Outlawed PKK organization that has stepped up its attacks in Turkish military outposts, killing scores of soldiers
Most of the PKK's estimated 4,000 fighters are based in the mountains of neighbouring northern Iraq, from where they launch attacks on military targets in southeast Turkey. Washington provides intelligence on PKK movements to Ankara.
Turkey, the United States and European Union list the PKK as a terrorist group.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 1984 when PKK occured.
The latest “meeting row” in a long series of incidents was sparked in late June when Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin recommended that all political party leaders in Parliament come together to join forces against a rising tide of PKK in the country, which has claimed lives of dozens.
Upon Sahin's advice, Erdogan called on all political party leaders to share their views on the issue with the government, but the opposition was again there to rebuff Erdogan's invitation, giving various excuses.
But, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is expected to reply to Erdogan's request for an appointment on Monday, July 12.
The government launched an initiative last summer to address Turkey's long-standing Kurdish issue. However, the government was unable to find support from the opposition parties for its move at that time as well. Neither the CHP nor the MHP have agreed to meet with the government to discuss the democratic initiative thus far.