Ah­met Türk: BDP won’t ob­ject to ‘Turk­ish­ness’ in con­sti­tu­tion

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BDP has no ob­jec­tions to the word Turk or Turk­ish­ness be­ing used in the con­sti­tu­tion, they only wanted as­sur­ances for the free ex­pres­sion of other eth­nic iden­ti­ties as well.

A Peace and Democ­racy Party (BDP) politi­cian has said the party will not ob­ject to the use of the con­tentious word “Turk­ish­ness” in the new con­sti­tu­tion that is be­ing drafted.

Ah­met Turk, who vis­ited Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for of­fi­cial meet­ings, met with Turk­ish jour­nal­ists last Tues­day. BDP Van deputy Nazmi Gür is also ac­com­pa­ny­ing Türk on the visit.

Türk is a BDP politi­cian, al­though he is cur­rently an in­de­pen­dent deputy from Mardin. He said that the BDP has no ob­jec­tions to the word Turk or Turk­ish­ness be­ing used in the con­sti­tu­tion, adding that they only wanted as­sur­ances for the free ex­pres­sion of other eth­nic iden­ti­ties as well.

A con­tentious is­sue in re­cent de­bates on con­sti­tu­tion writ­ing has been whether the word “Turk” will be in­cluded in the new con­sti­tu­tion. The first few pro­vi­sions of the cur­rent ar­ti­cle make ref­er­ences to “Turk­ish­ness” and “Turk­ish na­tion.” In the in­tro­duc­tory chap­ters of their pro­posed con­sti­tu­tions, the Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) uses the phrase “Turk­ish na­tion” once. The CHP also in­cluded the phrase “Turk­ish na­tion” in its draft.

The Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party's (MHP) sug­ges­tion makes two ref­er­ences to the “Turk­ish na­tion” and also in­cludes the phrases “Turk­ish moth­er­land” and “Turk­ish cit­i­zens.” The BDP uses “the peo­ple of Tur­key” in its in­tro­duc­tory ar­ti­cles. But Türk said the BDP will not ob­ject to other de­scrip­tions on Tues­day.

Türk also spoke about their visit. He said they have had three meet­ings at the US State Depart­ment, where they came to­gether with Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary in the Bureau of Euro­pean and Eurasian Af­fairs Eric Ru­bin, of­fi­cials from the US State Depart­ment and White House of­fi­cials.

He said US of­fi­cials were sup­port­ive of Tur­key's set­tle­ment process and at­tached im­por­tance to it.

Ah­mad Turk, Cochair­man of BDP

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