Pro-Kurdish party: Operation violates int'l law

The head of the pro-Kurdish DTP parliamentary group has said the ground operation recently launched by the Turkish Armed Forces against the camps of PKK in N Iraq is a violation of human rights and international law.

Pro-Kurdish party: Operation violates int'l law
The head of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party's (DTP) parliamentary group has said the ground operation recently launched by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) against the camps of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq is a violation of human rights and international law.

DTP parliamentary group leader Ahmet Türk spoke at a meeting of his party's parliamentary group yesterday, where some deputies and party members carried anti-operation placards, reading, "No to war." Türk noted that the government has been beating the war drums for several months, saying that other alternatives exist for a solution.

"This war is a violation of human rights. Having 10,000 soldiers cross the borders and 100,000 soldiers on stand-by near borders shows that this is intended for war, not a simple operation. Entering another country is a violation of the security rights of the country in question, a breach of international law. The Justice and Development Party [AK Party] will pay dearly for it. The people will punish them for gambling with their destiny," he said. Türk also claimed that with the operation, "the plan to wear down the AK Party was started."

Türk indicated that the operation targets not the PKK, but Kirkuk and Mosul. He recalled that to the deputies who had claimed that Mosul belonged to Turkey in 1923, Atatürk had said, "We can take Mosul and Kirkuk, but what will happen next?" He pointed out that crashed helicopters and destroyed bridges can be repaired, but the feelings of citizens cannot be mended. "Young men are trying to walk on snow two meters in depth, carrying a weight of 40 kilograms. They are our children, the children of the nation. Are the children of those who rule this country among them? Go investigate, and you will not see them. The AK Party and the prime minister are responsible for every drop of blood spilled. History will punish those who draw their strength from blood, basing their politics on blood spilling," he stated, adding that his party will organize rallies to protest the operations.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 12:31
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