CHP Hosts Arab Conference in Istanbul

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CHP is proving once again that neither the Arab Spring, nor Turkish foreign policy can be trusted to the AKP administration alone.  The opposition needs to be present at each important foreign policy decision to make sure national interests are safeguarded properly, while CHP’s background in creating a democratic society and combining it with Moslem are a great source of institutional knowledge for the newly-forming Arab democracies.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the conference, CHP deputy and retired ambassador Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu had some sane advice for his Arab colleagues:

“The countries involved in the “Arab Spring” have no need of any regional for the future, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said, noting that Arab neighbors appreciated the party’s stance thatAnkarashould not interfere in their developments.

“The Arab countries have as many features in common as they have features that are divergent,” CHP Deputy Chair Faruk Loğoğlu told journalists yesterday at the end of a two-day international conference called “Seasons in Change: The Arab People’s March for Democracy and Freedom” that was held by the CHP in Istanbul.

“[They believe] they will develop their unique path without the need for foreign models,” he added.

“The national resources of the Arab nations should be used for the benefit of the people. The international community should act in accordance with law and legitimacy at all times and help put an end to violence and extend humanitarian aid to those in need,” Loğoğlu said.

In the interests of ending violence and starting a political process inSyria, the CHP supports the process initiated by the United Nations Security Council, Loğoğlu said.

“The plan of the special representative of U.N. and the Arab League, Kofi Annan, needs to be implemented with all of its components, and it should be emphasized that the responsibility for putting an end to violence belongs to all sides in Syria. The Syrian government is invited to take quick steps to resolve the humanitarian crisis in the country,” Loğoğlu added[1].

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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