Nilüfer Koç, spokeswoman for the Foreign Policy Committee of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), has criticised Iraqi Kurdistan’s ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for its actions against the Kurdish people and its cooperation with Turkey, emphasising the importance of Kurdish unity.
In an interview with Mezopotamya Agency on Thursday regarding recent attacks against the Kurdish people, particularly the armed attack on the KNK Erbil (Hewlêr) office, Koç stressed that the Turkish government aims to expand its borders and that is the reason behind Turkey’s targeting of Kurdish-led North and East Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2012.
“In the second century of the Republic, the Turkish state seeks a victory,” Koç said. “Targeting politicians with drones abroad, directly focusing on the KNK, which believes that the solution to the Kurdish problem lies in unity and is pursuing this political path, are all linked to this,” Koç added and argued that the murder of Deniz Bülbün in an armed attack on the KNK Erbil office last week was also an attempt to halt the KNK’s national unity efforts.
“Erdoğan has started to search for new ways to eliminate the Kurds who do not obey him and for this he has formed a war cabinet. And by putting a few Kurds in this cabinet, he gave the message that ‘I have no problem with the Kurds’. He did this by sending Hakan Fidan to Baghdad” Koç said, and pointed out the role of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Fidan’s recent visit to the Kurdistan Regional Government officials.
Stating that Turkey has intensified its attacks against the Kurdish people and is cooperating with the KDP, Koç asserted that it has recently participated in direct attacks by sending military to the Sîdekan region.
“The KDP is in partnership with an enemy that wants to destroy the Kurdish people,” the spokeswoman said, adding that instead of revealing the perpetrators of the attack, the KDP is trying to deflect the agenda by remaining silent.