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There is attempt to drag Peshmerga, PKK into “undesired war”: Kurdistan Region VP

  2021-06-18  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo – Undated photo of Kurdistan Region Vice President Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Region Vice President Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa said on Friday (June 18) that there is a plot to drag the Peshmerga and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) into a civil war, as he called on the warring parties to exercise restraint.  

Tensions have been high between the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the main component of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and the PKK and it came to a head when six Peshmerga members affiliated with the KDP were killed in two separate incidents. 

The KDP accused the PKK of the killings, while the PKK dismissed involvement in the two incidents. 

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

“Unfortunately, there is an attempt to pull the PKK fighters and Peshmerga forces into an undesired war on the Kurdistan Region’s soil. I hope this will not happen and the bloodshed stop here,” Sheikh Mustafa said in a statement on Facebook. 

“We respect the political parties that have settled in the Region’s soil that we have allowed them to do their affairs and activities, but we never accept they become the cause for war, instability, evacuation, displacement and martyring of civilians in the area,” he said. 

Since April 23, Turkey has launched an air and land operation in Duhok’s northern border areas where the PKK fighters are based.  More than four people have wounded and Turkey has erected several new military bases.

The conflict has pitted the KDP 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.  

At least four civilians have been wounded and many have been displaced fearing Turkey’s bombardments since the new push started, as well as the Turkish army has erected new military bases in the restive areas. 

“What is happening now is a plot by the foes against the Kurdish people. I hope the Kurds from the four parts be united for a rooted solution to all the persecution and tyranny perpetrated against us throughout history,” he stated referring to the predominantly-Kurdish region in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. 

(Zhyan English)