KRP concerned about Turkey-PKK clashes
The Kurdistan Region Presidency office has voiced concerns over deadly clashes in Kurdish areas of Turkey, saying that the current situation in Turkish Kurdistan can only continue to provoke violence.
In a statement on Friday September 11th, the Presidency office said that the Kurdistan Regional Government will remain concerned until the sides return to the negotiating table.
“We have always stressed that violence will lead the sides to no satisfactory outcome but a worse situation,” reads the statement. “We strongly encourage the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey to lay down arms and resume the peace process.”
Following the collapse of a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkey in July, deadly clashes have left scores of Turkish soldiers, PKK guerrillas and civilians dead in the south eastern provinces of Turkey.
The Turkish government has imposed a curfew in the Cizre and Silopi districts of Şırnak province. Reports from the area claim that locals are suffering from a lack of food, water and other basics.