PM scraps meet with the DTP .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s refusal to have any contact with the Democratic Society Party, or DTP, which does not denounce the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, as a terrorist organization, continued yesterday, as a prearranged meeting with DTP’s Hasip Kaplan was canceled at the last minute.

Kaplan said Erdoğan requested to postpone the meeting to Monday because of a tight schedule, but he rejected a rendezvous, "since the budgetary talks end on Saturday."

"Speaking after the budget deliberations end is meaningless," Kaplan said yesterday.

"Tell us how your son purchased a ship while he was a student, Mr. Prime Minister? How one becomes a ship owner," Kaplan had asked in a spontaneous discussion at Parliament. Kaplan was also uncompromising in his criticism of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, government during the budget debate.

Erdoğan replied that he will tell how, if he personally comes to Kaplan’s office. Upon Erdoğan’s statement, Kaplan demanded an appointment from Erdoğan in a written document, which Erdoğan accepted.

As Erdoğan has lately adopted a more nationalistic view against Kurdish question, the tension between Erdoğan and DTP has increased as well. The ongoing tension reached to its peak during a quarrel in Parliament when Kaplan referred Erdoğan as "Le Pen", French far-right nationalist politician, and claimed that government policies resemble Nazism. Erdoğan, in response to Kaplan, blamed the DTP for raising Nazism in the country.

Kaplan had said he will not only ask Erdoğan about his son’s ship but also other issues, but the meeting failed to materialize.