Turkey's main opposition CHP rules out compromise over constitution .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} Compromising on drafting a new constitution is not on the agenda of the main opposition Republican People Party (CHP), the party's deputy chairman said on Monday. (UPDATED)

The remarks from CHP Deputy Chairman Hakki Suha Okay came a day after Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said that drafting a new constitution is a matter of compromise.
"The constitutional amendment proposal by the government aims to cloud the real discussion issues in the country," Okay was quoted by ANKA News Agency as telling reporters.
He said Turkey's problems are unemployment, poverty and corruption, adding these issues should be discussed first.
Okay said the CHP's pre-condition for compromise was a change in the ruling AKP's understanding of what he called "anti-secular".
"It is not the CHP's agenda to compromise with a party, whose activities were identified as anti-secularist by the constitutional court, on a constitutional amendment," he said.
The Turkish Constitutional Court last year deprived the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of the financial assistance that it would receive from the state and issued a serious warning for the party for being "focal point of anti-secular activities" in a closure case it narrowly survived.
Last week Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the government would resume talks with the opposition on drafting a new civilian constitution after the March 29 local elections.
Erdogan said the CHP's decision not to take part in the government's efforts to prepare a new constitution could cause problems.
Last September, Turkish Parliament speaker Koksal Toptan sent a letter to chairmen of the ruling AKP, the CHP, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the Democratic Society Party (DTP) and proposed to set up four separate committees to debate the constitution, parliamentary by-laws, European Union (EU) adjustment regulation, and some other important laws.
Toptan has said he would invite the government and opposition to seek consensus after the local elections.