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.

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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