US Statement on Southeastern Turkey 'Intervention' Into Ankara's Domestic Policy

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A recent statement made by the US embassy in Ankara about the developments in Turkey's southeastern regions are "intervention" into Ankara's domestic policy, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced it had fired 28 provincial administrators and district governors for having links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen The move was followed by clashes in the region. Later in the day, the US embassy said that Washington was concerned by the reported clashes. The embassy expressed hope that any trustee appointments would be temporary.

"The statement made by an ambassador yesterday saddened us. We see it as an intervention into Turkey’s domestic affairs and find such an evaluation unacceptable," Soylu said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily news.

He added that the statements similar to the ones of the US embassy "encouraged terror."

A militant of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, stands at a barricade in Sirnak, Turkey, late Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that attempts to give Ankara a democracy lesson were unacceptable.

A crackdown on public servants began in Turkey after the failed coup of July 15. Ankara blamed Gulen for plotting the attempt to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

PKK is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization. A ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish militants collapsed in July 2015, prompting the Turkish authorities to launch a military operation in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern regions.

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