PKK calls for national conference on Turkish actions in Syria

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a flag of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) during a demonstration against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in central Brussels, Belgium, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) stated on Monday (October 14) that Kurdish cultural and political leaders from all four parts of Kurdistan should hold a national conference in order to unify during a dangerous period.

“We request that representatives from all the parties, politicians, activists, artists, writers, and thinkers from all the four parts of Kurdistan try and hold a national conference because Turkey wants to abolish the Kurdish nation,” the statement said.

It added that, if the Kurds are not united, they will lose their achievements and gains.

The PKK also thanked those who protested in Erbil and other cities in the Kurdistan Region for taking a stand on the situation in Syria.

On October 9, Turkish forces began an intervention into northeastern Syria against Kurdish forces there.

So far dozens of Kurdish fighters and civilians have been killed and approximately 200,000 people displaced.

Turkey accuses the People's Protection Units, which is the main group of Kurdish fighters in the area, of being an offshoot of the PKK, which it considers to be a terrorist organization.

(NRT Digital Media)