Ankara, July 29 () - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has accused the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of exchanging efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue for surpassing the election threshold in the June 7 polls.
The deputy prime minister said people voted for the HDP, which got 13.1 percent of the votes in the election, to support the peace process, but now the party has become “meaningless” since “it has no place in a coalition” despite making it into parliament.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority at the election and is currently looking to found a coalition government.
HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş accused President Tayyip Erdoğan of making a u-turn in the peace talks after seeing his former AKP was losing votes, instead of gaining, in an interview on web news portal Radikal on July 28.
The HDP has become a tool to topple the AKP government, but the process would exist if the AKP existed, Akdoğan said, calling on the voters of the opposition party to ask the HDP to give account for such a stance. “They are always lying on behalf of Öcalan” he said.
The deputy prime minister also responded to a fresh call by the HDP’s Demirtaş to restart talks.
“They have ruined the confidence. They bombed the existing confidence. As our president puts it, it is doubtful how the process could continue with actors that have betrayed the process,” he said. “If they have the power, then they should call on the organization [PKK] to leave arms. The organization should put down arms. If there is anything to talk [about], we can talk after that.”