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Six members of German delegation detained after returning from Kurdistan trip

  2021-06-23  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Members of International Delegation for Peace flash victory sign. Photo/Defend Kurdistan
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – German police on Wednesday (June 23) detained six members of the International Delegation for Peace as they returned from the Kurdistan Region and arrived at Frankfurt Airport.

The delegates were coming back from a trip aimed at ending weeks-long clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey in the Region.

After their detention, the delegation members were “interrogated” and their whereabouts is unknown despite several demands, the organization of Defend Kurdistan said in a statement.

“Six delegates are currently detained at the airport and interrogated by the federal police. Even after several demands there was no information about the reasons for the repression nor their whereabouts,” the organization said.

The self-described International Delegation for Peace and Freedom in Kurdistan, had come from 14 European countries. Over 80 out of 150 members had been prevented from traveling to Erbil in their home countries.

“We are shocked by the behavior of the German authorities. Once again, people who are working for peace are being criminalized,” Defend Kurdistan cited Luisa Koch, who was there to receive the delegation at Frankfurt Airport.

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.  

(Zhyan English)