CHP offers six point plan to solve Kurdish question

CHP offers six point plan to solve Kurdish question

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

May 29, 2012, Tuesday/ 13:40:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who has been saying recently that only his party can end separatist violence in Turkey, is due to submit a six-point plan on how to address the Kurdish question to Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, news reports said on Tuesday.

The report includes as its first point a plan for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to concentrate on the Kurdish question. The suggested name for this committee is the Societal Reconciliation Commission, which the CHP says in its report should function according to the principles of equal representation and reconciliation.

The second point involves the establishment of a Group of Wise Men, which would assist the parliamentary committee on the Kurdish question. The Group of Wise Men would be made up of three people selected by the political parties in Parliament. The main function of this group would be to serve as a bridge between civil society groups, various segments of society and the committee.

The third point concerns the period of time set for the committee to achieve results. Accordingly, the committee would finish its preliminary work within six months and announce publicly the points upon which agreements had been reached. In the subsequent step, this declaration, along with other suggestions by the commission, would be submitted to the government.

The next point would see the implementation of the roadmap drawn up by the commission. Finally, the CHP's plan includes public campaigns to garner public support for permanent peace and societal reconciliation.

CHP Deputy Chairman Faruk Loğoğlu said that the model for the reconciliation commission was a suggestion unique to the CHP. “A [reconciliation] commission was set up in South Africa to investigate past events. We are not interested in the past; we want to look to the future.”

Kurds make up at least 20 percent of Turkey's population.

Turkey has been battling separatist terrorism carried out by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which was set up in 1984 to fight for Kurdish home rule in southeastern Turkey.

Though Turkey has the second biggest army in NATO, it has failed to quash the PKK in 27 years of bitter fighting. More than 40,000 militants, soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all list the PKK as a terrorist organization.

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