Speaking after performing an Eid prayer in Istanbul on early Friday morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has ties with the outlawed PKK and they need to cut such ties immediately.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, as well as the United States and the European Union.
“They [the HDP ]say that they do not have organic ties with the PKK. However, it is obvious that they have ‘inorganic’ ties with the separatist militant groups. The intelligence service has proof of this,” said Erdogan.
Calling the HDP as a parliamentary extention of the PKK, Erdogan said they still receive news of deaths from the southeastern region of Turkey.
“The separatist militant group organises armed attacks on busses and attempts to demolish dam constructions with bombings,” he said.
“Under these circumstances the HDP should do its part as the PKK’s extension in parliament.”
Erdogan also said that he does not recognise the existence of a so-called “Dolmabahce Agreement,” - a declaration read by HDP deputies that called on PKK to hold a disarmament congress -saying that if there is a step to make towards the future of the country, this should be made in parliament.
“There cannot be an agreement with those who are backed by a terrorist organisation,” said Erdogan, referring to the relations of pro-Kurdish HDP with PKK.
Over three decades, conflict between the government and the PKK claimed lives of around 40,000 people and caused major economic and social damage in the country.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan and Minister of Interior Efkan Ala along with HDP deputies Pervin Buldan, Idris Baluken and Sirri Sureyya Onder held a joint meeting at the Dolmabahce Palace on Feb. 28, 2015 to discuss the Turkish-Kurdish peace process.
The peace process began with government initiatives implemented in 2012 to resolve the conflict between the government and PKK.
Following the meeting, 10-article disarmament call was read in order for the outlawed PKK to end the armed conflict with the government.
Although the disarmament call was received positively by most Kurds in the southeast and the ceasefire with the PKK had been ongoing for nearly three years, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) issued a statement on June 11 saying that the truce had ended, threatening Turkey with further attacks.
The KCK is an umbrella organisation which brings all members and activities of the outlawed PKK together.
Armed attacks carried out by the PKK in Turkey’s southeastern regions have reportedly increased since the statement from the group that it would resume hostilities, was released.
HDP co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas called on the militant group to lay down arms against Turkey on June 15. However, Demirtas had previously said that his party does not have the power to make the PKK reinstate the ceasefire with government since “there is no organic relation” between them.