While some Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies are trying to present "self-governance" as the solution to the Kurdish problem and set forward a course for government acceptance, others are not even aware of the idea. Answering a question about the meaning of "self-governance," HDP Istanbul deputy Filiz Kerestecioğlu said that she does not have a good grasp of self-governance. "Self-governance has been discussed and been on the agenda for a long time. In this sense, I am not able to give detailed information about it or express an example regarding the issue. I am not familiar with the concept of self-governance," Kerestecioğlu said at an event organized by the HDP in the Mediterranean coastal province of Antalya over the weekend.
In a meeting of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) last December, there was a call for the establishment of "democratic autonomous regions" to resolve the Kurdish problem. The attendees also asked for self-governance and embraced the ‘legitimate insurgency' in a number of southeastern districts.
In response, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said, "This is not Syria; no one can declare cantons of their own volition. The administrative system of a democratic country, a state of law [and] how to advance is clear."
Since then, the Interior Ministry has occasionally declared curfews in order to allow security forces to capture PKK terrorists and clear districts of explosives and booby-trapped ditches; seeking to ensure the security of the lives and property of the people. In addition, a security report presented to the Interior Ministry last week revealed that a plan by the PKK terrorist organization to create de facto autonomous cantons in districts of southeastern Turkey had failed due to successful Turkish security operations.