Turkey’s PM Davutoğlu Says Cancels Meeting With Pro-Kurdish HDP

Ahmet DavutogluTurkey’s prime minister on Saturday canceled a planned meeting with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), saying its politics was rooted in violence, as government forces pursued a security operation in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

A two-year ceasefire between Kurdish militants and Ankara fell apart in July, plunging the southeast back into a three-decades-old conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had been due to hold meetings this week with the leaders of all three opposition parties in parliament to discuss planned constitutional reform. His meeting with the HDP leader was scheduled for Wednesday.

“Recent statements by HDP officials reflect a politics that benefits from violence and tension. There is no longer any point in sharing the same table with this attitude,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

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