High-level meeting between PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and new CHP Chairman Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu


PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

On September 16th 2010, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen met with the recently elected CHP Turkey Chairman Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. Discussions at the bilateral meeting focused on Turkey’s accession to the EU, the referendum on constitutional reform of September 12 2010 and increasing PES-CHP cooperation.

PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen said:

“We will continue to support Turkey in its efforts to implement the reforms necessary to fulfil the goal of Turkish membership to the EU. The election of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has filled the CHP with renewed enthusiasm and has set forth the beginning of a new era for social democracy in Turkey. Now is the time to focus on further modernisation.

We need to strengthen minorities’ and trade unions’ rights. We have to protect women’s rights and follow the principle of secularism. Full transparency and a civil dialogue between all social groups and minorities including the Kurds is essential.”


For further information please contact Brian Synnott on +32 474 98 96 75 (brian.synnott@pes.org)