CHP launches secret Kurdish initiative
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has been publicly opposing the Kurdish initiative the government announced late last month, but sources say the party has actually launched a similar process and has been meeting with individuals from all segments of society away from the public eye.
Sources claim the CHP has had meetings in the past few weeks with a large number of opinion leaders and leaders of prominent Kurdish groups in the East and the Southeast. CHP leader Deniz Baykal is expected to share his party's project after terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan announces a road map he believes should be followed for a viable solution.
The CHP has been skeptical about the government's democratic initiative but has not remained indifferent, carrying out important work regarding the Kurdish question within the party. The party's members, particularly those of Kurdish origin, have contributed to reports about what the people of the region and members of other segments of the society think. Baykal also asked his party's Central Executive Board (MYK) members to hold meetings with civil society representatives. He has also had important meetings, both face-to-face and over the phone, regarding the Kurdish question. The CHP talked to more than 20 opinion leaders only in the past week, according to sources.
The CHP will announce the results to the public next week. Baykal will be taking up the issue with MYK members at a meeting today. The report that the CHP is working on is to be based on an initial draft prepared by the Social Democratic People's Party (SHP) in 1989. The new report will be a version of the same report upgraded to meet the day's requirements. Meanwhile, CHP Deputy Secretary-General Algan Hacaloğlu shared some of his own observations in a study he carried out on the Kurdish question.
Stating that a large number of Turkey's citizens of Kurdish origin residing in the eastern and southeastern Anatolia regions feel excluded, Hacaloğlu said it was important to make sure that these people are a part of Turkey. Noting that this was particularly true of the younger generation, Hacaloğlu said this was a very important problem. “We think changing this is our most significant problem. All of our people there should feel that they are equal members of this country like every other segment. This should not be some hollow statement, a policy of populism or a mere desire. Those ruling the country should fulfill their responsibility and not say empty words. We do not have any more time to waste,” he noted.
19 August 2009, Wednesday
HABIB GÜLER ANKARA