Talks aimed at forming a four party coalition carried out between the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Peoples’ Party (HP), the Social Democratic Party (TDP) and the Democrat Party (DP) are continuing.
The leaders of the four parties which met on Wednesday for a 5th consecutive day announced that progress had been achieved.
Thursday’s meeting was held at the CTP headquarters at 4pm.
Speaking to reporters at the end of Wednesday’s meeting, the DP leader Serdar Denktaş said that all four parties were working with good will for an alternative four-way coalition.
Stating that all four parties were disturbed by the attempts to polarise and divide the country, Denktaş said that they will all be doing their part to put an end to this.
All four party leaders responded to a question as to whether or not they will be holding coalition talks with the UBP leader Hüseyin Özgürgün. The HP leader Kudret Özersay said that his party, in line with an earlier decision taken by the party assembly, will not be holding any coalition talks with the UBP in a bid to save the country time.
“There is no need to hold coalition talks if we are not to enter a coalition with the UBP”, he said, adding however that they were always open to dialogue with all political parties on other issues.
The CTP leader Tufan Erhürman also stated that it was not possible for his party to enter a coalition with the UBP but that both Özgürgün and his delegation were welcome to visit the CTP for a cup of coffee.
The TDP leader Cemal Özyiğit for his part repeated that his party too had no intention of holding coalition talks with the UBP.
“However they are more than welcome to visit us to discuss the latest incidents in the country over a cup of coffee”, he added.
Democrat Party leader Serdar Denktaş on the other hand said that they were open to holding talks with the UBP.
“We will not turn the UBP down if they want to come and talk with us”, he added.
Denktaş said he agreed with the UBP leader and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün’s earlier statement that forced governments were problematic.
“I am not currently under pressure to form a four-way coalition, but I am under pressure to form a three-way one”, Denktaş said.
Both the CTP leader Tufan Erhürman and TDP leader Cemal Özyiğit, for their part, said that they were not being forced into anything and that they were working on agreeing on an exemplary coalition model for the country.
UBP leader Özgürgün was handed the task of forming a government yesterday by President Mustafa Akıncı after his National Unity Party (UBP) came first in the January 7 election with 21 seats.
Özgürgün now has 15 days to form a coalition, failing that he will have to return the task to President Akıncı.