The reform package that provides a legal framework for a process of settlement for Turkey’s decades-old Kurdish problem was approved in Parliament late on Thursday.
The six-article package seeks, among other things, to provide legal immunity for state officials who have been involved in talks with members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as part of efforts to seek a peaceful and democratic solution to the Kurdish question.
It also gives the government unrestricted authority to take necessary measures to further the settlement process. The opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has opposed the entire reform package while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) objected to the immunity clause, seeking limitations on the proposed legal immunity for state officials involved in settlement efforts.
The package authorizes contacts with figures based in Turkey or abroad, including those involved in terrorist activity as well when the government agrees that such contacts are necessary.