Parliament approves establishment of commission to address settlement process

Parliament accepted a proposal submitted by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) for the establishment of a commission to deal with the ongoing settlement process seeking to solve the decades-old Kurdish conflict.

AK Party parliamentary group deputy chairman Nurettin Canikli recently announced that his party was contemplating submitting a proposal for a new commission which would inform Parliament and society about the ongoing settlement process.

The AK Party's proposal was accepted with a majority of the votes in the General Assembly. The gathering was boycotted by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which last week announced that they would not take part in any parliamentary commission to be established by the ruling party to advance the settlement process.

The opposition parties protested the government's proposal to set up a new commission in a session and left Parliament. MHP parliamentary group deputy chairman Oktay Vural slammed the government in his speech. "We will leave you alone with the Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK] in Parliament," Vural said in an indirect reference to cooperation between the AK Party and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which had until recently been seen as the political extension of the terrorist group.