Occupy Taksim talks start before Turkish PM Erdoğan returns

Occupy Taksim talks start before Turkish PM Erdoğan returns

 

Talks for a solution on the future of Taksim Gezi Park begin in Ankara between representatives of NGOs and Deputy Premier Bülent Arınç, with all eyes fixed on the return of PM Erdoğan from a North African tour

By Göksel Bozkurt

As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns from a series of official visits abroad, all are waiting to see whether he will assume a milder tone concerning the ongoing unrest all over the country. In the meantime, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has been in charge in a bid to reduce the tension.

As had been announced on June 4, when he held a meeting with President Abdullah Gül, Arınç hosted June 5 members of the Taksim Platform, who had objected to the Taksim Square Pedestrianization Project from the beginning.