7 June 2012 /FEHMİ KORU STAR
Some held out little hope about Wednesday’s meeting between the prime minister and Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Turkey’s most chronic issue, the Kurdish issue, arguing that a CHP that criticizes every move from the government, no matter what the content is, and has an allergy to the word “Kurdish” can not bring solutions.
I cannot say their argument is wrong, but, on the other hand, I am hopeful that Kılıçdaroğlu’s CHP has the potential to prove this belief wrong some day. Today’s CHP has gotten rid of some of the party’s old habits: We are not hearing the word “reactionaryism” as often as we did from the CHP of the past. As for the Kurdish issue, undoubtedly the problem of objecting to Kurds’ rights, which is basically at the center of the Kurdish issue, is the work of the old CHP. And the “new CHP” has finally started to do something to make up for it.