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Erbil authorities not revealing why PYD, AANES members arrested: diplomat

  2021-06-12  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Logos of the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) office in the Kurdistan Region (L) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), (R)- Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Erbil authorities have not disclosed so far the reason behind the arresting of three members of the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) and Democratic Union Party (PYD) one day ago, a AANES diplomat said on Friday (June 11). 

On Thursday, the AANES office in the Kurdistan Region said that the security forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) arrested two members of the PYD relations and a member of the AANES’s Erbil office while they were way to Erbil International Airport to receive guests. 

“The concerned authorities first denied their arrest and then said that they were with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, without explaining the reason for the arrest,” representative of the AANES office Norshan Hussein told PUK Media news outlet, as she demanded their release.

Hussein called on the political parties in the Region put pressure on KDP “to stop these irresponsible behaviors, and to leave the administration working officially and according to the law of Erbil.”

The AANES official also called for “unity” and “solidarity” in countering the current land and air operation by the Turkish army in the border areas in the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok governorate.

Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against the PKK in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost fourth others in the Kurdistan Region. Four civilians have been wounded and scores of village have bene evacuated, while the Turkish army ahs erected new 

PYD-backed AANES has in question close organizational and ideological ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 

The PKK has started an armed struggle against the Turkish authorities since 1984, calling for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey. 

The tensions are high between the PKK and KDP following the deaths of six Peshmerga members. However, the PKK has denied involvements in the killings. 

The KDP enjoys close  cordial relations with Turkey.

(Zhyan English)