To the public opinion:
The Turkish state does not cease carrying out military operations passing through the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Turkish army yesterday night held an air raid against the positions of PJAK’s (Kurdish Iranian Party for a Free Life) militants on the mounts of Qandil. During this attack where chemical gas was used, 6 journalist members of the PJAK press service lost their lives. Thus, Turkey does not recognize any right regarding to the international war rules.
According to the information that we have obtained, a meeting was held on 30th April 2008 between Turks and Iranians right on the Iranian border where they planned identifying the PJAK targets to be attacked.
We would like to draw the attention of the international public opinion to the fact that the decision of an air raid was made due to this meeting held between Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi forces, yet in relation with Iraqi Kurdish authorities as well. It clearly means that these states agreed on annihilating the Kurdish people’s struggle for freedom.
It should be known that the Turkish government has only a one-year authorization given by its Parliament and which expires in October 2008 for carrying out military operations against the Kurds through its borders. Since, the United States, alliance of Turkey within NATO, assists Turkish authorities by providing some real-time information about Kurdish military movements on Iraqi territory.
The Kurdistan National Congress condemns Turkish army’s barbaric attack. We call on the international public opinion, especially the European institutions and the NGOs to not remain silent against Turkish barbarism which aims to tear down Kurdish people’s fight for freedom.
Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)
04th May 2008