HDP has inorganic link to PKK: Erdo?an
President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has toughened his position against the People?s Democratic Party (HDP) by implying that it has ties with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) and acts as a parliamentary extension of the PKK. Erdo?an?s statement came only two days after HDP officials called the PKK to disarm and cease armed conflict against Turkey.
?The [PKK?s] extension in parliament should do its part as we still receive news of deaths from the southeastern region in our country. Some terrorists groups can still open fire at minibuses and we face attempts of bombing an important dam in the region,? Erdo?an told reporters, after he performed his Ramadan prayer in a mosque in Istanbul?s Ata?ehir district early July 17.
HDP?s Selahattin Demirta? issued the call for the disarmament of the PKK late July 14 a day before he met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu to discuss coalition partnership. Demirta? dismissed claims that his party had any organic tie with either the PKK or the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) that threatened the government by ending cease fire if it does not resume talks for ending the Kurdish question. ?But we know based on the intelligence we gathered that there is an inorganic tie,? Erdo?an said.
Erdo?an also said he did not recognize the term ?Dolmabahçe Agreement,? a document outlining 10-item list of priorities for the resolution of the Kurdish peace process that was announced on Feb. 28 in Dolmabahçe Palace of ?stanbul. The document was prepared and announced by Deputy Prime Minister Yalç?n Akdo?an and HDP Istanbul deputy S?rr? Süreyya Önder and was regarded a key phase of the peace process.
?I do not recognize the phrase ?Dolmabahçe Agreement.? There is a government. So there is a political party...