23 Feb 2008
The Turkish State began an extensive aerial attack in Iraqi Kurdistan on 16th December 2007. The ensuing bombings resulted in the destruction of many settlements and the murder and wounding of many civilians.
The attacks by the Turkish Armed Forces didn’t end there and since yesterday (21.02.2008) they have begun a ground offensive inside Iraqi Kurdistan. This operation is an invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan and an attack on the rights that the Kurdish people have gained. The offensive by the Turkish State is contrary to international law and a crime against humanity. We will not by any means tolerate these attacks.
Those who reject the existence of the Kurdish people, the Turkish State and the AKP government, are supported by the USA and European Union institutions in their illegitimate assault. The USA and EU cannot detach themselves from this aggressive operation. The results of this operation will exacerbate the responsibilities of those who deem themselves the protectors of human rights and democracy.
The Kurdish people are passing through a hard period. The operation begun by the Turkish State and government poses a serious threat to the interests of the Kurdish people. The decades long struggle by the Kurdish people for freedom and democracy has been targeted by the Turkish State.
The attacks by the Turkish Army are being executed against the whole of the Kurdish people. It has become a necessity for the Kurdish people to act in unity against these attacks. Foremost the Southern (Iraqi Kurdish) powers and all other Kurds must use all their strength to counter the attacks of the Turkish Army.
The Kurdistan National Congress is deeply concerned about the attitude of the USA and EU regarding these attacks. The statements made by American and EU officials are causing this anxiety to deepen. This is why we, the Kurdistan National Congress are calling on all Kurds and their friends to act in solidarity against the invasion and attacks inside Iraqi Kurdistan.
To reiterate, we are calling on the democratic European institutions and public opinion to show their support and raise their voices against this illegal invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan by the Turkish State.
Translated from Turkish original
February 23, 2008