ISTANBUL – TDN with wire dispatches

The local elections are like a referendum on the credibility of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party, or DTP, the party's leader, Ahmet Türk, said late Sunday.Speaking to Denmark-based Roj TV, which is accused by Turkey of having terrorist links, the DTP's Türk said, �Our people have demands. We are trying to communicate them, but as a political party, election results are important.�Türk said the local elections were in reality a referendum on party policies, noting that in Europe they were asked how the DTP could argue it represents the needs and desires of the Kurds in Turkey when the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, received more votes from Kurds. �This takes us to a very important question that we cannot answer,� said Türk, adding that he hoped Kurds would see how important their votes were in the coming local elections. �If you are not strong, things you say carry less weight,� he added.
Ankara says Roj TV, on the air since March 2004, incites hatred by openly supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.