Syria’s Kurdish National Council condemns ‘Turkish aggression’

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG and YPJ bidding farewell to a comrade killed during clashes with jihadists in Aleppo countryside. Photo: ARA News

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The Kurdish National Council (KNC) on Sunday called on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkey not to involve the Syrian Kurds in the fight between them and condemned the ‘Turkish aggression’.

The KNC said that the Turkish airstrikes on 25 April resulted in the killing of several Peshmerga who fought against the ISIS, and has inflicted losses on the property of citizens. The statement did not specifically mention the death of 20 fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) after their base was hit near the town of Derik.

“Since 25 April, the Turkish authorities have hit large-scale areas of Kurdistan, (…), from Derik to the east to Afrin in the west [of Kurdistan] and positions in the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” the KNC office in Afrin said statement on Sunday.

“These acts of hostility exacerbate the atmosphere of instability in the region and increase the suffering of citizens,” the KNC said.

“We at the Afrin’s local council of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Syria, while we condemn and denounce the Turkish aggression and demand the government of Ankara to stop the [attacks] immediately, we also ask PYD [Democratic Union Party] authorities to change its approach and authoritarian behavior and move towards a national and responsible approach to serve the unity of the Kurds and the Kurdish project in the face of challenges and serious risks in the present time and in the future for our Kurdish people,” the statement said.

“We renew our demand for the Turkish state and the PKK not to involve the Kurdistan region [of Iraq] and Syrian Kurdistan in their struggle, and we hope that the conflicting parties will become more realistic and abandon a military solution which proved over years its failure, and move forward towards a peaceful and democratic solution that meets the aspiration and legitimate rights of the Kurds and Turkey’s people’s interests,” the Kurdish council added.

The KNC called for an end to the ‘repeated Turkish aggression and attacks’ on the Kurdish areas in Syria. “We urge the international community and the relevant international forces in the fight against terrorism to carry out their duties and to send international observers to monitor the borders between the Kurdistan region of Syria and the Turkish state,” the KNC said.

The Kurdish National Council is backed by President Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the KDP enjoys good ties with Turkey. The PYD, on the other hand, is backed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

So far, the KNC and PYD have not been able to share power in northern Syria, and have been working against each other since the failure of the Duhok agreement in October 2014.

While the PYD has repeatedly accused the KNC and KDP of working for Turkey against Rojava, the KNC has accused the PYD of working with the Syrian government and Iran.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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