Turkish ruling party cancels parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has announced that it has called off its weekly parliamentary group meeting scheduled for Tuesday because of Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu’s planned visit to the province of Konya The cancellation comes amid alleged tension between the government and President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan over the Kurdish settlement process. DavutoIlu will attend several opening ceremonies in Konya on Tuesday.

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The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has announced that it has called off its weekly parliamentary group meeting scheduled for Tuesday because of Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIluand#39s planned visit to the province of Konya The cancellation comes amid alleged tension between the government and President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan over the Kurdish settlement process.

DavutoIlu will attend several opening ceremonies in Konya on Tuesday.

Recent statements from ErdoIan and AK Party officials have revealed underlying disagreements between the president and the government regarding developments in the settlement process, which was launched in 2013 in a bid to resolve the countryand#39s longstanding Kurdish and terrorism problems.

ErdoIan stepped up his criticism of the governmentand#39s actions in the settlement process on Sunday, voicing his opposition to a landmark meeting that took place with the pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoplesand#39 Party (HDP) and the 10-article declaration that followed it.

andldquoI donand#39t find the meeting appropriate,andrdquo ErdoIan said of the Feb. 28 meeting, which was attended by HDP politicians and senior government officials including Deputy Prime Minister YalandccedilIn AkdoIan and then-Interior Minister Efkan Ala andldquoI personally donand#39t think it is appropriate for the deputy prime minister to pose for the cameras with a group that is currently in Parliament,andrdquo he told journalists traveling with him on his return from a visit to Ukraine.

The 10-point declaration, which includes vague proposals for democratization by jailed Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK) leader Abdullah andOumlcalan, was announced by HDP deputy SIrrI Sanduumlreyya andOumlnder following talks with AkdoIan and Ala andOumlnder and other HDP politicians appeared together with AkdoIan and Ala as he read andOumlcalanand#39s statement to the media at Istanbuland#39s historic Dolmabahandccedile Palace.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman