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Foreign group not allowed making statement on Turkish op. in Erbil

  2021-06-14  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Members of International Delegation for Peace and Freedom in Kurdistan gather at their residency after they were not allowed by the security forces to make a press statement in front of UN office in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 14,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network/ Ayub Hassam
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The security forces in Erbil prevented a group of more than 70 activists coming abroad from protesting and making a press conference against the current Turkish military operation in the Kurdistan Region in front of the UN headquarters in the Kurdistan Region's capital Erbil on Monday (June 14). 

Calling themselves International Delegation for Peace and Freedom in Kurdistan, they are activists, journalists and current and former lawmakers in the Europeans countries.

They have come from 14 European countries, a member of the group told Zhyan News Network, noting over 80 out of 150 members have been prevented from traveling to Erbil in their home countries. 

“The aim of our campaign is two points; first to defend the Kurdistan soil against Turkey’s aggression on the Region, the second is to prevent Turkey from marring the environment and nature of Kurdistan,” he said. 

Since March 23, Turkey has started an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Duhok’s border areas and erected several military bases adding up to dozen others in the Kurdistan Region.

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

Turkey’s airstrikes and artillery fries are almost a daily occurrence in the Kurdistan Region’s border areas that are inhabited by the PKK members. 

The conflict has pitted the KDP, which is the main component of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), against the PKK as they are on the brink of a new civil war, reminiscent of a previous one in the nineties that claimed the lives of thousands on both sides.  

On Thursday, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Interior accused the PKK of interfering with the internal affairs of the Region by “sending people with European passports” to “spoil the Region’s stability under peace and freedom groups.”

(Zhyan English)