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Frustrated by 'Turkish occupation,' KDP official leaves Kurdistan

  2021-06-01  | 
 Zhyan News Network
(File Photo) Former member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership, Adham Barzani. Phot released on April 9, 2011. Photo Credit/Facebook account of Adham Barzani
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A former member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership, Adham Barzani, confirmed on Monday (May 31) that he has left the Kurdistan Region frustrated by ongoing “Turkish occupation” and lack of action to put an end to Ankara’s military presence in border territories.

“The main reason for me to leave the Kurdistan Region is my criticism of Turkish occupation of the Region,” Adham Barzani told Zhyan News Network.

Barzani had expressed concerns that amid the lack of a “united action” Turkey has penetrated 40 kilometers into the Kurdistan Region, ousted villagers and killed hundreds of people.

Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.

“Turkey has come in an aim to invade the Kurdistan Region, it has not come to withdraw, the history has asserted it that Turkey has remained in those place which it occupied, like what it did in Cyprus, İskenderun and Afrin which is now turned into a Turkish city,” Barzani said.

Barzani, who is cousin of the KDP leader Masoud Barzani, has departed to the Iranian Kurdistan, commonly known as Rojhelat. 

“Any politician who has been explicit, faced threats, we wish to bring democracy and freedom to the Kurdistan Region with the help and struggle of others,” he added.

Since its military occupation, Turkey has attempted to expand areas which recently felt under its occupation even by chopping down trees and deforestation in the mountainous areas in Duhok governorate.

Turkey has been formally warned of felling in the border areas in Turkey Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jotiar Adil said on Monday (May 31), days after several lawmakers called for an end to the illicit practice.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government is expressing its concerns and protest regarding felling and harming the nature of the Kurdistan Region. It has formally warned the Turkish government of terminating chopping down trees in the border areas,” Adil said in a statement, noting the practice is “unacceptable.”

The KRG official also accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of causing Turkey’s aggression into the Region.

(Zhyan English)