Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday explained the reason behind the cancellation of the meeting with Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials, saying the officials had been disrespectful.
PM Davutoglu held a press conference at Istanbul Ataturk Airport before he left for an official visit to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.
When asked about the cancellation of a meeting with HDP officials, Davutoglu said “I requested an appointment with them. They clearly showed the insincerity of their intent. The reason why I requested a meeting was to talk about the constitution. However, they said they will call me to account for Sur and Cizre as though there is no such agenda.”
“Instead of me, they should call those who ruined life in Sur and Cizre with barricades and ditches to account for. If they could not, I would ask them to remain silent,” Davutoglu added.
Comprehensive anti-terror operations against PKK terrorists have been launched in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin on Dec. 15.
Sur District of Diyarbakir and Cizre District of Sirnak have been the regions where the most intense clashes took place between security forces and PKK terrorists.
Many citizens left the districts before the curfews were declared by the authorities in order to ensure the security of citizens before clearing the streets from barricades and ditches which are used by terrorists as traps.
“Go to Qandil to drink tea!”
Davutoglu said also slammed HDP for being disrespectful to him by inviting him to drink “smuggled tea,” also known as Ceylon tea.
“Turkey is in a circle of fire. Hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been martyred. They invited me over to drink tea, ‘smuggled tea’. I advise them to drink tea with whomever they want. Go to Qandil [PKK’s headquarter in North Iraq] to drink your tea!” he said.
“Those who believe that they can ridicule us with jokes have to pass a seriousness test first. They can either be serious and sincere and our door will be open for them, or they can stay away from being serious and sincere and we will bring them into line," Davutoglu added.
On Dec. 26, HDP deputy Sirri Sureyya Onder had mockingly invited Prime Minister Davutoglu to drink a cup of smuggled tea.
Onder had demanded an end to anti-terror operations in southeastern provinces and said “if the prime minister visits us without recognizing the people’s right to breathe and their right to bury their loved ones, then he will only be offered to a cup of smuggled tea and then leave.”
Davutoglu urges HDP to “act like a political party”
Pointing out the “autonomy” statement issued by Democratic Society Congress (DTK) on Sunday, Davutoglu said “You have seen the statements. What happened to their promises about being a party for all of Turkey? I ask for our citizens to hold HDP responsible for their insincere promises.”
DTK issued a statement emphasising their wish for autonomy in Turkey’s southeastern provinces after a two-day special meeting in the city of Diyarbakir.
The co-chairs of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag and several other officials from the party attended the congress.
The statement issued after the meeting suggested the creation of autonomous regions with their own elected legislatures and governments.
Additionally, the statement demanded that the regions should have “their own security forces under control of the regional authorities.”
The Congress also asked for the release of Abdullah Ocalan – the leader of the PKK terrorist group.
The PKK is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.
Prime Minister Davutoglu stated that the HDP will receive treatment in accordance with its actions and urged HDP to “act like a political party.”
"If it is a political party, then it should act like one. If it is a pawn of the terrorist organization [PKK], then it will receive treatment accordingly," he said.