Kurds crit­i­cize Turk­ish air strikes in­side Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - News -

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency is­sued a state­ment on Tur­key's shelling of sev­eral Kur­dis­tan Work­ers' Party, PKK bases. The state­ment made ref­er­ence to a phone call be­tween Pres­i­dent Barzani and Tur­key's Prime Min­is­ter, Ah­met Davu­to­glu the morn­ing af­ter the shelling.

Pres­i­dent Massoud Barzani, pres­i­dent of KRG, spoke to Ahmed Davu­to­glu, Tur­key's prime min­is­ter, over tele­phone on Satur­day and "ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure with the dan­ger­ous level the sit­u­a­tion has reached", ac­cord­ing to a KRG state­ment.

"He re­quested that the is­sue not be es­ca­lated to that level be­cause peace is the only way to solve prob­lems and years of ne­go­ti­a­tions are bet­ter than one hour of war," the state­ment said.

"Mr Barzani is ready to do any­thing within his means to as­suage this ten­sion and go back to a sit­u­a­tion of peace."

On Fri­day, the same day Tur­key said it bombed the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) group in Syria for the first time, Turk­ish jets also struck po­si­tions in north­ern Iraq held by the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers' Party (PKK), the group fight­ing against Tur­key for more than three decades.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani on Satur­day called on the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) to re­duce ten­sions with Tur­key and re­sume its peace process, fol­low­ing Turk­ish raids on the mil­i­tants’ bases in Kur­dis­tan.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the bom- bard­ments fol­lowed com­ments made by the leader of the Group of Com­mu­ni­ties in Kur­dis­tan (KCK), claim­ing that the ceasefire and peace process be­tween Tur­key and the PKK is ter­mi­nated,” Barzani ex­plained in a state­ment.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, Turk­ish po­lice have been round­ing up hun­dreds of sus­pected ISIL and Kur­dish fight­ers in cities and towns across the coun­try. As of Satur­day, nearly 600 peo­ple had been de­tained.

Reuter’s news agency said Turk­ish po­lice fired wa­ter cannon and tear gas to dis­perse about 1,000 de­mon­stra­tors who had gath­ered in the cap­i­tal Ankara to protest against mil­i­tary strikes in Syria and north­ern Iraq.

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