Turkish ruling party holds HDP responsible for crippling solution process
ANKARAOct 09, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Oct 09, 2014 12:00 am
Turkish government has criticized the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party for blocking the solution process amid ongoing protests across Turkey against ISIS's assault on the Kurdish-populated Syrian town of Kobani.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also accused the People's Democratic Party, or HDP, of provoking the latest nationwide Kurdish protests over the situation in the border twon of Kobani, in which 24 people have died.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday with his Costa Rican counterpart, Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, he said: "People who voted 'no' in the parliamentary motion authorizing force against ISIS are now blocking the solution process."
"We might have different opinions with some of our allies, but Turkey will play its due role if a co-decision is taken. Turkey will do its full share of work without doubt."
The nationwide protests broke out after ISIS militants penetrated Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, on Monday.
The protesters have used the pretext that the Turkish government has allegedly done nothing to halt the relentless advance of the militant group in the Syrian city, which has become a scene of fierce street battles between Kurdish groups and ISIS militants.
Meanwhile, the leader of the main pro-Kurdish party in Turkey dismissed allegations that his party and lawmakers had called for mass violent demonstrations, calling for unity among the country's whole people to halt the ISIS attacks.
Selahattin Demirtaş said: "We all have to collaborate against ISIS militants to help Kobani, which is an indication of solidarity with its people."
"We just urged our people to hold [peaceful] rallies and never invited them to carry out violent acts."
Demirtaş also accused the international community of doing nothing for Kobani, as they also failed to support the opponent Free Syrian Army in its fight against the Syrian regime.
"We will hold the international community responsible in case of a massacre in Kobani," said Demirtaş.