Turkish PM Davutoglu meets with main opposition leader

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meets with main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu to discuss four important topics on his agenda

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu poses for the cameras before the meeting in Ankara on Dec. 30, 2015.

Updated Jan 4, 2016

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held an official meeting with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in order to discuss the four main topics in his agenda.

The first statement following the meeting came from CHP spokesperson Haluk Koc.

Koc said that “Turkey needs to get rid of the Constitution of Sept. 12. Constitutional Reconciliation Commission will continue to work.”

“We also pledged to support the steps in order to comply with EU law,” he added.

Talking to Turkish journalists at a press meeting during his visit to Serbia, Davutoglu said that he wanted to organise meetings with opposition leaders at the beginning of his new term so that a healthy dialogue can be built between governing and opposition parties.

Davutoglu indicated that he has four main topics in his agenda, saying that “building a new constitution stands at the center of this agenda."

Mentioning that the current Turkish constitution, which came into effect after the army overthrew the elected government by a military coup on Sept.12 1980, does not embrace the whole society, Davutoglu also said that Turkey needs "to form a new constitution on the widest possible base."

"For this reason, I will be in contact with the opposition leaders and civil society constantly,” he said.

Davutoglu announced the other three topics as, discussing internal regulations of the parliament, taking opinions on upcoming reforms and asking help for reaching a deal on a permanent budget.

Davutoglu was also scheduled to meet Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) officials today as a part of negotiations with opposition party officials on the country’s newly proposed constitution as well as budget-related issues.

However,  Davutoglu announced on Sunday that he cancelled his planned meeting with HDP officials and accused them of "not having political maturity to use politics to solve problems" and "making polarizing statements."

On Monday, Davutoglu also said “I will never talk with anyone who brings Turkey’s unity and integrity to the table,” referring to the “autonomy” statement issued by the Democratic Society Congress (DTK).

The DTK held a two-day special meeting in the city of Diyarbakir with the participation of HDP co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, as well as several other officials from the party.

A 14-article final declaration was  issued following the meeting, demanding the creation of autonomous regions with their own elected legislatures and governments in Turkey’s southeastern regions.

Davutoglu is also expected to meet with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Jan. 4.

TRTWorld, AA