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Some political parties in Kurdistan Region support Turkish airstrikes: advisor to Council of Representatives’ speaker

2020-07-06

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SULAIMANI — An advisor to the Speaker of the Council of Representatives on Monday (July 6) condemned Turkey’s recent airstrikes in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq and alleged that some political parties in the Kurdistan Region are supportive of Ankara’s military operations.

Burhanadin Ishaq, who advises Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi, told Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency that the Turkish air and ground operations constitute a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

“The federal government will have talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to put an end to those issues,” Ishaq said, referring to the two largest parties in the Kurdistan Region.

Turkey has been conducting daily airstrikes on northern Iraq and the Kurdistan Region since June 15, saying that its operations are necessary to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Since then, five civilians have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in Duhok and Erbil governorates and six others were wounded in a Turkish airstrike on Sulaimani’s Kuna Masi town. An unknown number of PKK and Turkish soldiers have also died.

In saying that some of the parties support the attacks, Ishaq did not make a specific accusation or supply evidence. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and many of the local parties have strong political and economic ties with Turkey.

On June 18, the PUK demanded that the federal government preserve the sovereignty of Iraq and take urgent steps to protect the lives of civilians.

Two days later, the KDP said that it was concerned about cross-border military operations by both Turkey and Iran and blamed hostilities on the presence of the PKK and Iranian Kurdish opposition groups

“If this problem with Turkey is not resolved at the [UN] Security Council and Ankara does not end its intrusion onto Iraq territory, then Iraq has other options, such as receiving help from Arab countries to end the problem,” Ishaq added.

 (NRT Digital Media)