KNK condemns Turkish military operation in Ağrı
KNK has released a statement condemning the Turkish Armed Forces operation that began just before the Spring Festival and tree planting event that was scheduled to take place on Mount Tendürek in the Diyadin town of Ağrı on 11 April.
The Executive Council of KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) has released a statement condemning the Turkish Armed Forces operation that began just before the Spring Festival and tree planting event that was scheduled to take place on Mount Tendürek in the Diyadin town of Ağrı on 11 April.
Recalling the Turkish Chief of Staff statement arguing that the operation was launched to stop the ‘Spring Festival' organised by the people in the Yukarıtütek village which they heard was going to be used for election propaganda, KNK pointed out that the military operation launched by the Turkish army in the mountainous area of the region encircled the PKK guerrillas and wanted to annihilate them.
Remarking that it is evident that the AKP has given the Turkish army orders to attack a democratic peaceful event organised by the people in Agri, KNK emphasised that using military power the AKP has provoked the Kurdish people’s democratic event and caused a clash to kill innocent civilians. The AKP government’s aim is to intimidate the Kurdish people and provoke the peaceful environment, KNK underlined.
“If we look at the statements made by Turkish PM Davutoglu and President Erdogan while the military operation was still going on we can see that they organised the provocation from beforehand. It is clear that these attacks are part of a plan to sabotage the resolution process and upcoming general elections. It has become evident now that the amassing of military apparatus, personnel and special forces in the area over the past few days was part of this provocative operation", KNK said.
Remarking that this happened despite the fact that a new period had been developed with the democratic negotiation and resolution process, which has in turn created hope in the people and public opinion, KNK stated that with this provocative military operation the AKP wanted to destroy this hope and sabotage the process.
KNK ended its statement by condemning the attack by the Turkish government and army and calling on public opinion and international organisations to follow and be sensitive to the issue.