SULAIMANI – Thirty-six members of the Kurdistan Parliament have signed a petition seeking a legislative session to prevent further Turkish incursion and advancement into border territories, a lawmaker said on Sunday (May 31).
“So far we have collected 36 signatures from lawmakers for a parliament session to be considered against Turkish incursion and destroying forests in the south encouraging a national action,” said Kurdish MP Ali Hama Salih.
The petition has got enough signatures, per the parliamentary protocol, to be considered for debate in parliament, he added.
Ham Sallih said on Sunday that Turkey is trying to destroy the forests in Zap, Avashin and Metina in northern Duhok governorate and turn them into military bases amid an ongoing Turkey’s push in northern Kurdistan Region’s governorate of Duhok.
“Turkey has not made that only in Bashur [Kurdistan Region], it has also destroyed the most beautiful nature in Dersim in Bakur [Southeastern Turkey],” Hama Salih said. “Turkey claims these areas.”
The lawmaker also stated that the Turkish army has constructed roads in the occupied areas to connect them to areas inside Turkey. He also lambasted the Kurdistan Region’s presidencies and political parties for their “silence” to the Turkish aggressions.
Since March 23, Turkey has started an operation against PKK members in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.
PKK has started an armed struggle for Kurdish cultural rights against the Turkish authorities since 1984. It is headquartered in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas.
At least three civilians have been wounded including one critically and four villages have been evacuated amid fearing Turkey’s ongoing bombardments.