Karasu discusses PKK-KDP relations and the status of Sinjar

Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)  Executive Council member Mustafa Karasu issued a statement regarding the tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the PKK. Karasu also commented on the US election results.

The Turkish military had launched an operation against PKK forces in Iraqi Kurdistan in July.

The PKK has criticised the KDP on the grounds that it has been cooperating with the Turkish military. Both parties accuse each other of misconduct and tensions have risen between them. The KDP, meanwhile, has deployed its armed forces against the PKK in the Gare region.

Karasu stated that the KDP – in cooperation with Turkey – aims to remove the PKK from the area. He added that those sides have an agreement between them over this matter. Karasu also warned the KDP that if it chooses to engage in combat with the PKK, it will be the loser.

Sinjar

The Iraq government and the KDP have also signed an agreement on the status of Sinjar. Karasu commented on this issue and stated that the PKK’s aim was not to rule Sinjar, but to ensure that the autonomy of Sinjar is respected and recognised. He called upon the KDP to recognize the autonomy of Sinjar.

Regarding the continuing attacks in the region, Karasu underlined the importance of Kurdish unity and added that Turkey would continue to suppress every part of Kurdistan unless Kurdish parties united.

US elections

Joe Biden was voted in as the 46th President of the United States. Mustafa Karasu also commented on the election results and its implications. Karasu said: “The Republicans attitude especially concerning North East Syria (Rojava) was not favourable during the last presidential period. The relations between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, particularly, affected Kurdish people negatively”. He added: “Whoever was elected is not important to us. But our expectation from the newly elected Biden is to display a more just, more democratic approach towards us. It may be an advantage that Biden is a leader who knows Kurds very well. In this respect, It is possible that Biden has been the one who knows Kurds very well in US history”.

Karasu, in conclusion, stated: “We hope that Biden’s knowledge of Kurdish people will ensure that it becomes advantageous to Kurdish people. Kurdish people have ‘a freedom issue, a human rights and a justice’ issue. And when I say Kurds, I do not mean that it only applies to his attitude to parties such as the KDP, the YNK or the PKK. We expect him to have a correct attitude towards all Kurdish people”.

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