Turkey PM: No talks on constitution with “disrespectful” pro-Kurdish HDP
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu takes part in a news conference following a EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, Belgium November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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.

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