MHP leader rejects main opposition request to meet on Kurdish issue

MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli addresses his deputies in Parliament. (Photo: AA)

June 05, 2012, Tuesday/ 11:50:00

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has rejected a request by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to discuss the country's Kurdish issue, opposing the way the CHP refers to the issue.

“We would never talk to anybody within the context of the Kurdish issue. Regarding terror as the so-called Kurdish issue deepens separatism,” Bahçeli said on Tuesday during his party's weekly parliamentary group meeting.

Last week the CHP launched an initiative to address the Kurdish issue, with the party's chairman, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, having requested an appointment with the prime minister and other political party leaders to discuss the CHP's recently drafted roadmap for solving the Kurdish issue. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded positively to the request over the weekend and the Prime Ministry announced that the two leaders would meet on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Erdoğan's office in Ankara.

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