Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Kılıçdaroğlu called on political leaders to come together and come up with a solution to the Kurdish problem. Last week, he met with the prime minister to discuss a roadmap towards a settlement of the issue.
“We are careful about the style of language we use, we are careful about not being offensive. I am making an appeal to Mr. Prime Minister: Please avoid using an offensive style. Don’t tell people they are ‘standing outside morgue doors’ or accuse them of ‘necrophilia’.”
In a recent speech, Erdoğan said senior members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were suffering from “necrophilia” during a speech in which he accused them of exploiting a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of 34 civilian Kurds when Turkish military jets bombed the area, reportedly mistaking the civilians for Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists.
In another recent remark, he told the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to stop “waiting outside morgue doors,” when he accused them of exploiting Turks’ nationalist feelings by using the deaths of soldiers from clashes with the PKK. Kılıçdaroğlu said the CHP’s roadmap was a historic step in solving the issue. “We always hope that ‘this is the last time [that a soldier is killed by the PKK].’ … If this is Turkey’s most fundamental problem, then let’s come together to solve it. Let’s solve it -- this is what we’ve been saying all along.” He said politicians bore the responsibility for coming up with a solution.