PKK Welcomes Masrour Barzani Comments in EU Parliament
The official spokesperson of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) considers Masrour Barzani’s comments on PKK as important.
On November 4, the Chancellor of the Security Council of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, gave a speech in the European Union Parliament stating that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has never recognized the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist group and KRG doesn’t support the attempts to keep the PKK in the terrorist list.
Masrour Barzani’s comments were pretty much welcomed by most of the Kurdish people including the PKK leadership. Osman Ocalan, the political observer and the brother of the imprisoned PKK leader Abdulla Ocalan, said Barzani's statement reflected the standpoint of all four parts of the great Kurdistan.
“Braznai was so consistent about PKK not being a terrorist organization. I am sure his comments will have positive impact on the public opinion in Europe and the entire world as well," said Ocalan.
Osman Ocalan thinks the Kurdish leadership especially President Massoud Barzani has tried hard to change people's viewpoints in USA and Europe regarding the PKK. He believes that Barzani has been successful in this respect since has been able to persuade the USA to provide support to YPG and Peshmerga in Kabani.
The official spokesperson of PKK, Damhat Ageed, considered Masrour Bar- zani comments in the EU Parliament important, “Masrour Barzani knows that PKK is not a terrorist party since its members are fighting for freedom. People all over the world need to understand that.”
Concerning the cooperation between YPG and Peshmerga, Ageed said, «This is mutual. YPK helped Peshmerga in Kurdistan and Peshmerga are now helping YPG in Kobani.”
Masrour Barzani also called on Europe for more financial, military and political support to fight the IS.
«Now is the time for the EU to exercise its leading role and increase its engagement with us. The EU must work hand in hand with Kurdistan to develop an immediate strategy to defeat this terrorist threat so that you do not face them in your capitals," Barzani told the European Parliament's Foreign Af- fairs Committee in Brussels.
Barzani admitted that there have been some generous donations from the European countries. But, he thinks they have mostly been ammunition and light weapons. “We do need heavy equipment, tanks, heavy artillery, armored vehicles and sophisticated weapons to outgun the enemy,” he said.
Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Security Council of the Kurdistan Region.