Turk­ish PM re­fuses talks with­out PKK dis­bar­ment

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Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Ah­met Davu­toğlu in a an in­ter­view on Thurs­day on A Haber spoke out on the scenes of Peo­ples' Demo­cratic Party (HDP) mem­bers be­ing barred from en­ter­ing Cizre in Tur­key's south­east. Cizre is cur­rently un­der a cur­few. "Ev­ery com­mit­tee, even the AK Party [Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party] com­mit­tee, has to abide by the mea­sures taken there to re­store public or­der," Davu­toğlu said. "When we say public or­der, ev­ery­body should fol­low [the rules]."

He said that se­cu­rity mea­sures would be lifted "when­ever the arms are de­liv­ered, when­ever the mines are cleared, ditches are closed and con­di­tions ex­ist in which Cizre cit­i­zens are able to go around ev­ery neigh­bor­hood and street. The [cur­few] will end when­ever nec­es­sary. ... The nec­es­sary food is be­ing supplied to res­i­dents. The cur­few is not for ag­o­niz­ing the public. The rea­son for the cur­few is to pre­vent civil­ian ca­su­al­ties due to the mix of civil­ians with ter­ror­ists."

Davu­toğlu also said that Tur­key was us­ing "two means" to com­bat the on­go­ing vi­o­lence. "Tur­key has faced se­ri­ous terror at­tacks re­cently. Yet, we have been at­ten­tive to use two means against these. One of them is democ­racy. We never moved from democ­racy. The sec­ond is the public or­der nec­es­sary for safety," he said.

"Democ­racy and public or­der are two el­e­ments com­ple­ment­ing each other. If there is no public or­der there are no lib­er­ties. If democ­racy and lib­er­ties do not ex­ist, public or­der turns into an au­thor­i­tar­ian struc­ture," he added. Re­gard­ing stalled talks with the jailed leader of the PKK or­ga­ni­za­tion, Ab­dul­lah Öcalan, Davu­toğlu said "There is not a sit­u­a­tion that ne­ces­si­tates talks with İm­ralı [Is­land where Öcalan is im­pris­oned]. The fo­cal point of pre­vi­ous [talks] was dis­ar­ma­ment." The talks in 2013 were framed around dis­ar­ma­ment. "There is no need for talks be­fore cre­at­ing this type of will, ap­proach or per­spec­tive," he said.

Oper­a­tions against the PKK came af­ter it re­newed at­tacks on Turk­ish se­cu­rity forces fol­low­ing the July 20 Su­ruç sui­cide bomb­ing that killed 34 peo­ple.

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