The Guardian 5 March, 2008

Iraqi CP calls for immediate
end to Turkish invasion

The Iraqi Communist Party issued a press statement in late February condemning the incursion by Turkish forces into Iraqi territory and called on the Turkish authorities to immediately end their military operations.

The statement said:

We have followed with utmost concern and dismay the news about the incursion and air strikes carried out by the Turkish forces in the Iraqi Kurdistan region since Thursday evening, February 21, 2008, in blatant violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, under the pretext of attacking the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

While condemning this aggression, we call on the Turkish authorities to end their military operations immediately, withdraw their forces from our land and respect Iraq’s international borders.

We also call on them to pursue peaceful and diplomatic solutions to tackle issues of mutual interest. These operations, and others, have proved that resorting to military action will not solve the problem, and there is no alternative but to address the root causes of the issue of the Kurdish people in Turkey, understand their demands and recognise their legitimate rights.

At the same time, we call on all the parties concerned to respect Iraq’s territorial integrity and its relations with its neighbours, and not to use its territory for launching any operation of a military nature. We believe it is important to address the issue of the Kurdish people in Turkey peacefully and democratically, and in accordance with international covenants and norms and the principles of human rights.

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