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BDP MEETING -BDP says not to join Ankara's politics if stance towards BDP does not change.

DIYARBAKIR, July 05, 2011 (TUR) -- Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) group chairman Selahattin Demirtas has said that if a radical and historical change was not made in the stance towards them, BDP would not participate in the politics in capital Ankara.

BDP deputies gathered under the chairmanship of Demirtas in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday.

Demirtas said that if there were politicians who wanted to solve the problems with goodwill, then, BDP could debate under which conditions it would join the Parliament.

Following June 12 general elections, Turkey's Higher Election Board stripped Hatip Dicle, an independent MP, of his parliament seat due to a past conviction for spreading propaganda of terrorist organization. Then, Peace & Democracy Party (BDP)-backed independent deputies did not attend the oath-taking ceremony at Parliament. They were also not present at the Parliament in a bid to protest the decision of the election board.

Demirtas said that it was not a crisis of oath-taking, adding that it was a rooted crisis between democratic politics and the politics with a status quo.

Demirtas also said that BDP would convene in Diyarbakir every week, and continue to make politics.

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Publication:Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)
Date:Jul 5, 2011
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