HDP must show stance against PKK terror, PM Davutoğlu says
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULSep 16, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Sep 16, 2015 12:00 am
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is only a political rival to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) , not an enemy, but if the party fails to take a stance against the PKK terror it will become the enemy of the nation in Turkey.
Speaking on a live TV interview on Wednesday, Davutoğlu said the anti-terror operations against the PKK conducted by the Turkish military are aimed to preserve public safety and democracy. "The PKK terrorists had a major defeat during the operations into their shelters and arsenals. Even the group itself admitted suffering a two- thirds of destruction." he added.
When asked about the future of the talks with the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan as part of the reconciliation process, Davutoğlu said the previous talks did not help Turkey to reach a peaceful environment and added that fighting against an armed uprising by by the PKK while maintaining the reconciliation process in the same time would be dysfunctional.
The prime minister also called on residents living in Turkey's Kurdish-majority provinces in the east and southeast to support democracy by standing against the PKK.
The PKK announced on July 11 that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from Öcalan in 2013 has ended.
The Turkish Air Force has been carrying airstrikes against the PKK in northern Iraq and the ISIS terrorists in northern Syria.
According to military sources, hundreds of terrorists were killed in Turkey's airstrikes against PKK's hideouts and camps in northern Iraq.
The PKK is also accused of using civilians as human shields in its camps and has attacked and killed many civilians, including children, in its latest attacks to cafes, restaurants and streets.