Turkey PM urges pro-Kurdish parties over 'kidnaps'

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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the pro-Kurdish opposition parties to find and bring back children reportedly kidnapped by the terrorist group PKK in southeastern Diyarbakir province, accusing the parties of affiliation with the group Anadolu Agency reported.

"The People's Democratic Party and the Peace and Democracy Party are the political avatar of the terrorist group," Erdogan said at a rally in eastern Agri province for the upcoming re-run of local elections. "They are in league."

Families of two 15-year-olds, who claim their children were abducted by the terrorist group PKK on Tuesday, have staged a sit-in in Diyarbakir to seek help in securing their release.

"If [the two parties] could not bring the abductees back, the government will put their plan B and C into action," Erdogan added.

Erdogan also urged the same parties to bring back six workers kidnapped by PKK on Tuesday.

The prime minister called on Agri citizens to vote on Sunday for the party that would serve the city, rather than one that stands for an ideology.

"The Peace and Democracy Party is carrying a dirty ideology policy. They have terrorized the streets in Agri after the March 30 elections; they do not have any respect for polls, democracy or freedom of thought," he said.

Nearly 200,000 citizens wil vote on Sunday, including Agri and Yalova provinces, after the electoral authority declared the voting there, on March 30, void.

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