AKP Flip-Flops on Parliamentary Supervision

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes his address during a meeting with the “wise people” commission in Istanbul, April 4, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Metin Pala/Pool)

Talk about being for it before being against it. That has been the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s position on the need for parliamentary supervision over the talks aiming to end the three decade long Kurdish armed movement in Turkey. For example, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued up until few days ago that any parliamentary involvement would be risking to legitimize the separatist Kurdish terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). He said on March 29: “It’s the government that bears full responsibility [for these talks.]” On April 3, however, AKP proposed to form a parliamentary “commission to evaluate the resolution process.” On Thursday [April 4] both opposition parties flatly turned down the request to  participate in this “investigative commission.”

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