Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday lawmakers from the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had sought to collaborate with PKK "terrorists" and drag Turkey into chaos.
"He [HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas] continues to make provocative statements in Sur, Diyarbakir. For God's sake, have you heard them saying: 'why do you stain our politics by taking guns in your hands?’" Davutoglu said during a joint press conference with his counterpart from Turkish Republic of North Cyprus in Ankara.
“For days, calls are made to march to Sur district. They don't want to have peace. On the contrary they want to drag Turkey into chaos by cooperating with terrorists. We will not allow that," he declared.
Demirtas has made a call to people to march towards Sur on Wednesday afternoon in order to protest the long-standing curfew and operations of Turkish security forces in the central district of Diyarbakir.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala also described the recent call as a clear “provocation,” indicating that “The provoker will be responsible for the consequences.”
“We are calling on our citizens not to give credence to such provocations. We are doing everything in a legal manner to ensure their peace and security. God willing, we will restore peace in the following days,” he told reporters at the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday.
“I do not believe that people of the region [southeastern and eastern Turkey], my Kurdish brothers, will say ‘yes’ to a call which invites [people] to terror,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has commented on the call in Nigeria on Wednesday during his Africa tour.
He has further stated that Turkish prosecutors should immediately act against these kinds of calls “because nobody has been entitled to disarray” Turkey and create instability.
Erdogan backs legal action against members of the HDP whom he accuses of being an extension of the PKK.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO, and the EU.
More than 300 security officers have died in PKK terror attacks in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government in July and threatened Turkey with further attacks.
Davutoglu also told journalists that there are plans to make it easier for civilians to leave areas under curfew in the southeastern region and for terrorists to surrender.