Iraq's President calls for 'practical coordination' against Turkey
A combination of file photo of Iraq's President Barham Salih who is speaking during a press conference and photo of trees chopped down by Turkey in border areas of the Kurdistan Region.
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Turkey has committed “environmental crime” by chopping down trees and deforesting the border areas of the Kurdistan Region, Iraq’s President Barham Salih said on Thursday (June 3).
“The encroachment on sovereignty, violence and displacement of civilians from their homes, cutting down forests in Hirur, Batifa and other border areas in the Kurdistan region, are inhumane practices and an environmental crime that must not be overlooked,” Iraq’s President tweeted.
On his official Twitter account, Barham Salih attached a photo showing trees chopped by Turkey, calling for a “practical coordination” against the Turkish occupation.
“Our duty is practical coordination between the authorities of the federal government and the region to stop abuses and hold the guilty accountable.”
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.
Since April 23, at least four people have been wounded and four villages have been almost vacated due to turkey's bombardments.