No talks on constitution with ‘disrespectful’ pro-Kurdish HDP: Turkish PM

28 Dec, 2015 1:01 pm

ISTANBUL – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday it would not be appropriate to have discussions with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) over a new constitution because of its “disrespectful” comments.

Davutoglu, speaking at a news conference in Istanbul before a trip to Serbia, did not comment further. He and the leadership of the HDP have long been at odds over policy in the mainly Kurdish southeast and elsewhere.

Last week, while on a visit to Moscow, HDP co-head Selahattin Demirtas condemned Ankara’s shooting down of a Russian warplane over Syria, comments Davutoglu described as treasonous. -Reuters

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