SULAIMANI – The Green Party of Kurdistan submitted on Wednesday (June 2) an urgent appeal to the United Nations to take necessary measures against deforestation of the Kurdistan Region’s border territories by Turkey amid the country's intensified operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
“Turkey hired biggest tree cutting company which has deforested 1,700,000 dunams [420,079 acres] of land in five days,” said the secretary of Green Party of Kurdistan Milko Bazyani.
Since its newly launched military occupation on March 23 against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey has attempted to further advance and expand areas which recently felt under its occupation by chopping down trees and deforestation in the mountainous areas in Duhok governorate.
According to Bazyani, the trees chopped down by Turkey in Duhok governorate are sold in the Turkish town of Hasankeyf, about 100 kilometers off the border with the Kurdistan Region.
“Against the brutal and disgusting action of Turkey, we file lawsuit at the United Nations, the international organizations, the three presidencies of the Kurdistan Region and the federal government,” he added.
Bazyani hailed “lack of action” by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Board of Environment saying the board has remained silent despite repeated destructions subjected to the nature.
“We demand immediate resignation by the head of the Board of Environment and annulment of the board for its lack of action and being a burden.”
Turkey has been formally warned of felling in the border areas in Turkey. KRG Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said on Monday , days after several lawmakers called for an end to the illicit practice.
PKK has urged the KRG to take a harsher stance and accused the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of shyly criticizing Turkey on its latest offensive and repercussions
The KDP is not at the level of ethical and historic responsibilities, PKK-affiliated Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) said.
The KDP, which is the largest party in the Region and main component of the KRG, enjoys cordial economic relations with Turkey and is at odds with the PKK.