Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Tuesday warned the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) against its policy favoring the PKK strategy of digging ditches in the streets of southeastern provinces and asserted that the pro-Kurdish party will pay for it.
"The HDP will pay for this policy of digging ditches. They will themselves fall into the ditches they dug," Davutoğlu contended, adding that it will have political consequences for the party just as the terrorists will experience.
Davutoğlu further spoke against the party, pointing to the HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş's recent visit to Moscow. "They [the HDP] will see that the future of Diyarbakır is going to be shaped not from Moscow but Ankara," he asserted.
As the HDP and its co-chairs are under heavy fire for their controversial support for the PKK digging ditches in urban areas, Davutoğlu asked HDP figures why their children are not at the forefront in digging ditches. "Why are there no ditches in front of luxurious sites where you live? Our brothers and sisters, who you supposedly wanted to save, saw the reality in your faces," he added. Underscoring that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) requested a meeting from the HDP to reach consensus on drafting a new constitution, Davutoğlu criticized the pro-Kurdish party for failing to act responsibly and seriously. Davutoğlu continued and said: "They are in a position to be brought to account for not striking an attitude against terror and for sowing seeds of discord with every one of their statements," he said.
"They have to make a decision now," Davutoğlu said, referring to the HDP co-chairs, and added that the HDP is at a crossroads. "Will the HDP give in to the bloody discourse of the [PKK leadership] in the Qandil Mountains or [come to] the legitimate level of politics?" Davutoğlu asked.
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