Turkish opposition plans amnesty on Kurdish issue: Report

Bugün reported that granting a general amnesty was also included in a text drafted after the meeting as among the issues discussed by the participants.

Turkish opposition plans amnesty on Kurdish issue: Report

World Bulletin / News Desk

Granting a general amnesty for outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants was among the issues that were addressed at a roundtable discussion organized by the Republican People's Party (CHP) over the weekend, the Bugün daily reported.

The CHP meeting, titled "Success Strategy in Politics," was held on Feb. 18-20 in the eastern province of Van. The meeting, which according to the party was held to chart a new path to address the Kurdish issue, was attended by 15 CHP officials as well as representatives of a number of civil society groups.

Bugün reported that granting a general amnesty was also included in a text drafted after the meeting as among the issues discussed by the participants.

The CHP has previously zigzagged on the issue of general amnesty. In August of last year, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu suggested full amnesty for the members of the PKK to end their activities. He was met with opposition from his own party as well as the government.

Also, in 2009, when he was the CHP parliamentary group deputy chairman, he gave a green light to general amnesty but later backpedaled. He said his party would back a general amnesty if that would help settle the long-standing Kurdish question.

"If that would be part of social peace, we are ready to say 'yes' to a general amnesty," he had said in a speech he delivered in the southeastern province of Batman.

However, in televised comments two days later, he said his remarks were misinterpreted. "I did not say there should be a general amnesty," he said.

Meanwhile, responding to questions by reporters ahead of his party's Party Council (PM) meeting, Kılıçdaroğlu said a report was not drafted after the Van meeting. Noting that the discussions will soon be made public in a text, he said this text, however, will not reflect the opinions of the CHP but will only summarize what was discussed there.

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