Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who visited Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday, said his party was ready to support the government’s plans to impose measures against France, which on Thursday adopted a resolution to criminalize denying that the 1915 deportation of Ottoman Armenians is tantamount to genocide.
Kılıçdaroğlu visited Erdoğan at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters on Thursday night to wish him well following a surgical operation Erdoğan underwent two weeks ago. The CHP leader also expressed his party’s full support for a series of measures the government plans to take against France, whose government has been displaying an increasingly anti-Turkish stance over the past few months. AK Party Deputy Chairman Ömer Çelik and Secretary-General Haluk İpek were also in attendance during this meeting.
On Friday, Kılıçdaroğlu reiterated his support for the government’s policies regarding France. Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate Mehmet Fehmi Kubilay, a soldier and teacher who was killed 81 years ago in Menemen, İzmir, by a mob opposing the republican reforms -- Kılıçdaroğlu said that “France will be crushed under this burden.” He said the resolution was a dark stain on the democratic traditions of France. “France should rid itself of this shame,” he said at the ceremony held in Menemen.
He recalled his meeting with the prime minister, saying that the CHP was ready to lend its complete support to the government’s fight against the French law.