Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that the statements made by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas over establishing “autonomous regions in southeastern provinces” are “obviously a means of provocation and acts of treason.”
Speaking at a press meeting before his official visit to Saudi Arabia, Erdogan said that Demirtas made those “delusional statements” with influence of Russia after his visit to the country last weekend.
“What this co-chair (Demirtas) did is obviously a means of provocation and acts of treason. Those who try to perform operations on Turkey had faced with its consequences before and will always do. No terrorist organisation (PKK) or any of its political extensions (HDP) will be able to escape the fate that awaits them,” Erdogan said.
President Erdogan also noted that probes had been launched by Ankara and Diyarbakir prosecutor’s offices about Demirtas’ statement.
On Monday, the Ankara prosecutor's office launched a probe against the HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas over his remarks on autonomy in the southeastern provinces.
The probe comes under the crimes against constitutional order statute of the Turkish Penal Code.
Democratic Society Congress (DTK) held a two-day special meeting in the city of Diyarbakir with participation of HDP co-chairs -Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag- and several other officials from the party.
A 14-article final declaration were issued following the meeting demanding the creation of autonomous regions with their own elected legislatures and governments in Turkey’s southeastern regions.
Additionally, the declaration said that the regions should have “their own security forces under control of the regional authorities.”
It also asked for the release of Abdullah Ocalan – the leader of the PKK which is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.
Emphasising that “the will of the nation is stronger than the weapons” Erdogan said “They (HDP) do not believe in the parliament. Before the June 7 general election, they started to say ‘we are a political party for all.’ However, it is obvious now that they are not a party for the whole of Turkey.”
Later, Erdogan slammed Demirtas for his statement and said “With what right are you talking about establishing a government in eastern and southeastern regions within Turkey’s current unitary structure? As you know, the 14th article of our constitution had been made against this kind of attempts.”
“You can not take such a step. Besides, neither the will of nation nor Turkish security forces will let you do that,” he added.
It has been stated in the 14th article of Turkey’s Constitution that “none of the rights and freedoms embodied in the Constitution shall be exercised in the form of activities aiming to violate the indivisible integrity of the State with its territory and nation.”