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The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) urge international powers to break their silence against the attacks on Kurdish people and the isolation imposed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, reported Mezopotamya News Agency.
The KNK shared a joint declaration during the second day of the 21st Congress which was attended by political party representatives, intellectuals, writers, politicians and observers from four parts of Kurdistan.
The Turkish attacks on North and East Syria, the recent nationwide uprisings in Iran, the silence of European countries, and the freedom of Öcalan formed the baseline of the statement.
The KNK said that Turkey used the explosion in Istanbul as an excuse to carry out its attacks against Kurds in North and East Syria, and to boost popularity ahead of the presidential elections in 2023.
“For this reason, they [the Turkish government] want to scare and manipulate the public with bombs and terror methods, as in 2015, and to be the winner of the elections by cheating,” said the KNK.
The Congress also mentioned the recent protests in Iran that were sparked by the death of Kurdish woman Jîna (Mahsa) Amini on 16 September.
“The Iranian regime, which has turned the country into a tyranny for all peoples, all ethnic and religious identities and women living in Iran, is trying to survive by strangling the people,” the KNK said.
Following the deaths in the Kurdistan province of Iran, the KNK said that the time for the regime has expired.
Drawing a similarity between the Turkish and Iranian attacks against Kurds, the declaration underlined that the biggest aim of both countries is to eliminate all the gains of Kurdistan.
The KNK paid attention to the crisis over the region including Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria where a huge population of Kurdish people live.
“Despite these facts, if we organise better and strengthen our unity, we can make the status of Kurdistan more permanent. In this way, we can nullify all the plans and projects of the colonial powers in Kurdistan,” the KNK said.
Regarding the attacks on Kurdish people, the KNK condemned the United Nations, Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the European Union, the Council of Europe and global powers for their silence on the use of chemical weapons by the Turkey.
The Congress also stressed the isolation imposed on the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and condemned the Turkish state. Regarding the isolation of Öcalan, KNK urged the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the Council of Europe (CoE) to break their silence.