Oslo move harms CHP

September 21, 2012, Friday/ 17:21:00

Haluk Koç, the deputy chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), with his claim that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) cooperated, making public the text of the protocol allegedly signed by members of the PKK and representatives of the Turkish government at the negotiations in Oslo, acted with a classic nationalist party tendency.

We all know that both CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and even Koç himself politically support plans for meetings between terrorists and governmental representatives. So how come Koç has made such a contradictory move? First of all, it contradicts social democratic principles because it encourages war rather than peace. As long as Koç, who aims to get more votes by doing this, plays a card that better suits the Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) mentality, his move will neither get the CHP more votes nor increase the CHP’s popularity.