Peace in Kurdistan writes to UK Foreign Minister on Turkey's invasion of North Iraq
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign wrote an open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab MP, about Turkey’s invasion of Iraq and attack on the Kurds.
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign wrote an open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab MP, about Turkey’s invasion or Iraq and attack on the Kurds.
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign wrote an open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab MP to expose the Turkish state latest operation in South Kurdistan, called Claw Lightning.
The letter said: “On 23 April 2021 the Turkish state launched Operation Claw Lightning. This is an intense military attack on predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Iraq. The date chosen for the attack coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide begun in 1915, in which 1.5 million men, women and children were killed by Ottoman Turkish forces.”
The letter added: “After a month of fighting by Turkey’s armed forces against Kurdish guerrillas, who are resisting the invasion, it is clear that the government of Turkey is intent on annihilating the Kurds, using ground troops, heavy bombing and chemical weapons. This military expedition is combined with an assault on the democratic representation of Kurds within Turkey itself: the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) faces an outright ban, despite being the country’s third largest party with parliamentary and municipal representation and its MPs, co-mayors and officials are tried and imprisoned under laws intended to provide a propaganda cover for the removal of unwanted critics and opponents. All of this is happening without censure and without comment from the United Kingdom or European governments.”
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign reminded that “it is a century since the Cairo Conference discussed the post-Ottoman Middle East. At that conference the then Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill foresaw that a tragic fate might befall the Kurds if their sentiments and interests were ingored. The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne ignored the wishes and rights of the Kurds and they were partitioned between Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria and have suffered ever since and in particular have been denied democratic representation and cultural rights. British governments have consistently upheld the post-1923 status quo and have given diplomatic and military support to successive Turkish governments as they suppress the Kurds.”
Today, said Peace in Kurdistan “Turkey intends to establish permanent military bases in Iraq and to subjugate the Kurds and other peoples who live in the territory that has been occupied. People are being killed in the hundreds and this includes Turkey’s soldiers. Turkey could not act in this way without the agreement of the UK and other governments, including those of the USA and European Union.”
The letter continued: “There is no justification for Her Majesty’s government remaining silent on what is happening in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey to the Kurds and what is turning into a policy of extermination. Britain has a historical and moral responsibility for the fate being endured by the Kurdish people. Its representatives must speak up against the attempt to impose a military solution to the Kurdish question and for negotiations towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Failure to do so is tantamount to complicity in the atrocity unfolding.”