Kurdish National Council condemns Turkish threat to Syria’s Afrin

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Members of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) speak to reporters in Qamishli. File photo

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The Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) on Tuesday condemned the Turkish threat to Afrin district in northwestern Aleppo, and called on the Kurdish government in Iraq to stop the Turkish attack on Afrin.

“We at the Kurdish National Council (KNC), while we support any effort to combat extremism and terrorism in all its forms and names, we believe that such actions will not serve international efforts to combat it and will hinder efforts to eliminate terrorism,” the KNC said, calling for dialogue.

“We call for dialogue to resolve the differences and concerns of various parties by peaceful means and international guarantees and to not make Efrin (Afrin) an area to settle differences, the KNC said.

“We affirm our rejection to the logic of military threats and the illegality of Turkish attitude towards Efrin and call on them to focus on combating terrorism. We call on our Kurdish people and the Arabs who are united by their co-existence, not to be dragged into hostile conflicts and reject the Turkish adventure that will not benefit anyone, and lead to the shedding of more blood,” the Kurdish council said.

The KNC also accused the local authorities led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of authoritarianism and unilateralism, calling on the PYD “not to use the Kurds to serve PKK policies and agenda’s, which have inflicted severe damage on the unity of the Kurds.”

“We also appeal to the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq and its presidency to make efforts to urge Turkey not to continue this scheme, and we call on Kurds in foreign countries to denounce these threats and hold demonstrations and protests against it in accordance with the laws of these countries and to appeal to international and civilian organizations interested in relief and humanitarian affairs,” the KNC said. “Long live Efrin.”

In the meantime, the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement that at least three civilians were killed and seven injured by Turkish artillery shelling near Afrin (known in Kurdish as Efrîn).

Aldar Xelil, a senior official in the Kurdish Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), said on Saturday that Turkey wants to prop up ISIS and that the Kurdish people will rebuff any attack on Afrin.

“Turkey’s reckless behavior and attempts to carry out attacks against our people, particularly in Afrin, are aimed at preventing the death of the [ISIS] project,” Xelil reasoned.

“[Ankara] aims to obstruct our efforts to expand the democratic project.”

The Kurdish representative lamented that “some international parties are cooperating with Turkey,” and said that “their failure to prevent Turkey’s behavior is not in the interest of a national solution for Syria and the Syrian people.”

“Turkey’s aggressive actions aim to disrupt the efforts of the Syrian people to build their own free future,” Xelil continued. “International parties are called upon to intervene and to put pressure on Turkey.”

However, Xelil said that if the international community does not intercede to halt Turkey’s aggression, the local communities will resign themselves to resistance.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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