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Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş made comments to journalists about his party's exclusion from the meeting between Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the leaders of political parties in parliament. Invitations were sent by president Erdoğan to the leaders of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Justice and Development (AKP) for a post-coup meeting today, but HDP co-chairs Demirtaş and Figen Yuksekdağ were not invited.
Demirtaş said, “If they again want to act like the HDP doesn’t exist and say they will solve issues by uniting around a ‘Turkish national front’, that’s their prerogative, but this approach is very wrong and limited.”
President Tayyip Erdoğan is meeting with the leaders of the AKP, MHP and CHP today to congratulate them on their stance regarding the coup attempt. But the HDP leaders, who had proposed a leaders summit immediately after the coup attempt and also signed the joint petition against the coup in parliament, weren’t invited to the meeting.
The "Turkish national front" approach
Demirtaş said the continued exclusion of and discrimination against the HDP, even after the coup attempt, was very immature and senseless.
"This shows that they haven't really comprehended the outcome of the attempted coup. The key to Turkey’s democracy lies with the HDP, with the societal groups the HDP represents. What triggered the coup is also the (AKP) approach that handed over the Kurdish issue to the army (for a military resolution). Now if they, once again, say that they will act like the HDP doesn’t exist and attempt to solve issues around a “Turkish national front”, it’s their prerogative, but this approach is very wrong and limited.”
Demirtaş also stated that it was odd that opposition parties didn’t have a problem with the exclusion of the HDP, and continued: “That the HDP is being excluded from what they are calling 'a festival of democracy' shows that it is going to be difficult to resolve the problems Turkey is facing. This exclusion shows that they have not comprehended what the coup attempt tried to do. The putschists wanted to create division, and now they (government-Erdogan) are playing into their hands. They also have great personal anger towards the HDP as well. After all the HDP is the party that displays the fiercest opposition to the AKP. The elections of 7 June and 1 November 2015 were not really about other parties, they were a contest between the HDP and AKP.”
Agreement between them won't solve anything
Demirtaş also pointed out there was a situation where society could come together, but politicians couldn't, and said: “No solution will come out of this meeting. They agree on everything so the meeting has no purpose. We are the ones who have different opinions on most issues. These three parties should reconcile with us somehow, should come to an agreement with us. Frankly, issues in Turkey are never solved when these three parties, these three ideologies come together and say ‘OK, we have come to an agreement’.”
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