Former Head of the Military Intelligence and current Vice-President of the Patriotic Party Ret. Gen. İsmail Hakkı Pekin said "The activities of the US diplomats visiting Diyarbakır to give support to the [pro-Kurdish party] HDP should be put under the scope."
Pekin who stated that the timing of the US Embassy staff's visit to Diyarbakır is significant said "There are developments connected to the situation in Iraq and Syria. There is a serious loss of authority in Turkey's southeast because of the Kurdish resolution process. Its significant that all of the US mission in Turkey goes to Diyarbakır.“
Pekin also said "Someone is trying to create a trouble for Turkey before the Presidential elections in 7 June 2015. Some circles are making a great effort for the HDP to pass the election threshold. In my opinion the related visit was conducted in scope of this plan. They want to provide the message that they are supporting the HDP."
Pekin who emphasized that the visits of the US diplomats were closely monitored and reported at the past said "It would be a major security vulnerability, if there is no such a work conducted by the security forces today. The activities of the US diplomats visiting Diyarbakır to give support to the [pro-Kurdish party] HDP should be put under the scope."