SULAIMANI – The United States used “bribery for espionage” by offering rewards for information on three senior members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), said a PKK-affiliated group Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) on Wednesday (April 21).
Washington renewed rewards offers of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Murat Karayilan, up to $4 million for Cemil Bayik and up to $3 million for Duran Kalkan.
KCK, an armed wing of the PKK, called the decision by US State Department “unjust” and an “insult to the conscience of the Kurdish and American peoples.”
“They [the 3 PKK members] have not directly or indirectly carried out any activity against the people of America and have not targeted the US interests,” KCK said in a statement.
The decision will lead to “physical and political genocide which is implemented by the enemies of the Kurdish people,” the statement read.
“The decision is no reward for justice, but bribery for espionage… US wants to sow seeds of spying amongst the Kurdish community for sake of foreigners,” it added.
The three PKK figures also appear on Turkey’s “most wanted terrorists” list, according to the Interior Ministry, which describes them as being among the leaders of the organization.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has often accused US of supporting the PKK.
Referring to a statement by US State Department over the death of 13 Turks in the Kurdistan Region, Erdogan said “Now there is a statement made by the United States. It’s a joke. Were you not supposed to stand against the PKK, the YPG? You clearly support them and stand behind them.”