KRG President Barzani slams PKK's actions

Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani’s party KDP issues statement condemning political activities of PKK terrorist organisation in Turkey and Iraq

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Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani holds a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara on Dec. 09, 2015.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has issued a statement condemning activities of the PKK terrorist organisation in Turkey and Iraq as being ill-advised.

The KDP statement on Wednesday was in response to recent accusations of the KCK - which is an umbrella organisation of PKK-affiliated groups in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria - concerning Turkey’s recent deployment in Iraq’s northern province of Mosul.

The Turkish Armed Forces on Dec. 4 deployed around 150 soldiers and 25 tanks to the town of Bashiqa, located in Iraq’s northern Mosul Province, to replace troops that have reportedly been training Peshmerga forces in the region since March 2015.

The KDP statement said that if Turkey has entered northern Iraq or has a presence in the respective border areas, "the blame should fall on the PKK’s wrong-headed politics."

The KCK released a statement on Tuesday claiming that "[Turkey] has not send troops into Iraq for training purposes as it has declared. The true purpose has been attempted to be hidden by [Turkey]."

"By its rhetoric and attitude, the KDP has assisted the Turkish state in hiding its essential objective," the KCK statement claimed.

"The KDP has been paying a heavy price for the PKK’s wrong-headed politics. What else should it do?" the KDP statement said in response.

The statement also accused the KCK of carrying out brutal practices in the areas where Kurds mostly live, and being the ultimate source of the problems faced by the Kurds.

“Neither you or anyone else know what you want, what aim you pursue, or by whom you have been put forward,” the KDP statement says.

The statement also suggested the KCK to settle its problems with Turkey, asking, "Why are you creating problems for [the KRG] if you could not go against Turkey?"

Barzani previously called for the PKK's leadership to leave northern Iraq in order to avoid civilian casualties following numerous Turkish air strikes against PKK targets in the region.

Barzani in late July said, "The PKK must withdraw from Iraqi Kurdistan in order to prevent civilian casualties from operations by Turkish jets in the region."

In response to the PKK attacks, Turkish security forces have stepped up efforts against the terrorist group and launched air strikes targeting several positions used by PKK in northern Iraq since late July.

The KDP in its latest statement also held the KCK liable for the devastation of 500 villages in northern Iraq and Turkey’s southeastern and eastern regions.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 180 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in Ankara. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

Barzani has been the president of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq since 2005. He has also been the leader of the KDP since 1979, succeeding his father Mullah Mustafa Barzani as head of the party.

TRTWorld and agencies