Turkish military is bombing Kurdish Guerrillas and civilians in South-Kurdistan (Iraq)

(Kurdistan National Congress – KNK)

Since the 24th of July, Turkish war jets have indiscriminately bombed Kurdish areas (Xakurke, Qandil, Behdinan, Zap, Gare, Basye, Amedia, and Avasin) in south Kurdistan, where the PKK guerrillas and civilians are situated. These attacks are still continuing, with heavy civilian casualties.

Turkey is insisting on war against the Kurds:
This attack by the Turkish regime on Kurdish areas is an attempt to end the ceasefire proposed by the Kurdish leader, Mr. Abdullah Ocalan in 2013. Before these attacks began, the AKP government banned all outside contact with Mr. Abdullah Ocalan starting from the 5th of April 2015, including access to his legal team. Furthermore, since the ceasefire began in 2013, the AKP government has repeatedly attempted to provoke the PKK, hoping that they would break the ceasefire first. These provocations failed. And so, on 24th July 2015, Turkey launched a new war.

The date of the attack is symbolic:
The attack on the Kurdish guerrillas and the civilians in south of Kurdistan reminds us of the anniversary of the Lausanne agreement (signed on 24th of July, 1923). With this agreement, Kurdistan was divided into four parts and various tactics, ranging from forced assimilation to genocide, were adopted by the four states – including Turkey. The timing of the latest attacks demonstrates again the systematic nature of Turkey’s strategy of annihilation and denial of the Kurdish people.

Collaboration between AKP and ISIS:
The AKP government has supported ISIS militants in Syria to prevent the Kurdish efforts towards democracy and revolution in Rojava. The support provided has included access to weapons, access to the Rojava-Turkey border crossings and extensive medical treatment for ISIS militants. This level of support is ongoing, and it is a mistake to believe that the limited bombings in Syria on selective ISIS weapons warehouses is an indication of a shift in Turkey’s policy.

Simultaneously, the AKP government’s assault on the Kurdish guerrilla bases serves on other purpose than to impair the Kurdish fight against ISIS. The attacks over the past 4 days against the PKK are giving ISIS a moral boost.

International public opinion has consistently demonstrated concern over the open collaboration between ISIS and the AKP government, resulting in extensive international criticism. It is essential that this international criticism remains loud and persistent in its condemnation of the Turkish attacks on the Kurds in Turkey and in Iraqi Kurdistan.

All democratic forces, political parties, civil society groups and NGOs have a moral duty to stand against these attacks, because this is not just an assault against the PKK, but an assault on the chances of a peaceful democratic solution to the Kurdish question.

We call on international institutions including the UN and the EU to consider the attacks by the Turkish state against the Kurds as a violation of international law and legal norms, and to act immediately to end this violence by the Turkish regime.


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