KCK's Mustafa Karasu has slammed the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for actions he described as betrayal, calling for a clear and unambiguous stance against them.https://t.co/ETNmwIKZHD pic.twitter.com/wNfvYw3oqw
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Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Member Mustafa Karasu has slammed the ruling force in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), for actions he described as betrayal, calling for a clear and unambiguous stance against them.
In an exclusive interview with Medya Haber TV on Tuesday, Karasu addressed the ongoing conflict between Turkish forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas in Iraqi Kurdistan, stressing the importance of the Kurdish fighters’ resistance in the wider struggle of the Kurds against what he called a “genocidal coloniser”. He argued that this resistance is an integral part of the Kurdish people’s ongoing struggle against oppressive forces and expressed his confidence in its continued effectiveness.
Karasu’s statement did not mince words when it came to the role of the KDP in the recent escalation of the conflict. The KDP has recently come under increasing criticism for allegedly supporting Turkey’s military actions in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“As a Kurdish party, their actions have to be considered as betrayal. It is not possible to soften this, or to even find a justification for it.” He went on to criticise the inadequate response to the KDP’s actions, which he regarded as a weakness within the Kurdish community.
“The Kurdish people will have to take a stance against betrayal to gain freedom. Without a clear stance against betrayal, without a clear stance of the Kurdish people, the struggle for freedom cannot be successful,” Karasu said. He accused some of trying to normalise the KDP’s attitude, alleging that those who remain silent benefit from it.
The KCK executive also highlighted the significance of the gains made through decades of struggle, emphasising that these achievements must be preserved. According to Karasu, the Kurdish people managed to create and protect their identity and existence in the world and in the Middle East as a result of so many years of struggle. “The KDP will not be able to crush and destroy this,” he stressed.
He noted that Turkey relies on the collaboration with the KDP to sustain its presence in the region.
Karasu argued that the Turkish claim that it is not against Kurds and the reference to its relations with the KDP as proof is an attempt to deceive both the Kurdish society and the world. He warned against the consequences of not addressing the KDP’s alleged betrayal, describing it as a historical lesson.
He cited the words of Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned PKK leader: “Kurds do not know how they die even when they die”. According to Karasu, the KDP’s reality is that they still want Kurds to suffer this situation. However, “now we know how the Kurds lose and how they will win”, Karasu said.