This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
KURDISH groups have warned Turkey’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against attacking their forces in northern Syria and called for support from the international community.
The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and other organisations, mostly based in Turkey, issued a joint statement today after Mr Erdogan threatened to strike against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia on the pretext of creating a “safety buffer zone” in Syria.
Turkey’s plans for an incursion into the semi-autonomous region known as Rojava have nothing to do with border security but would constitute an “occupation,” they said.
Mr Erdogan has long threatened an attack, but he has been dissuaded by the United States agreeing to create a safe zone in north-eastern Syria, which would entail clearing the area of YPG forces.
However, Ankara has become frustrated at the lack of progress and Mr Erdogan announced on Sunday that he would send troops across the River Euphrates.
The parties, which also included the Kurdistan Communist Party, warned: “Turkey is planning for a permanent occupation in Afrin, Qamishlo and Shengal. These are not ‘operations,’ this is an occupation.
“The planning, the stockpiling along the border and beyond, the outposts they set up and their practice in Afrin, Shehba and Xakurke are serious signs of a permanent occupation.”
With Turkey’s border security already guaranteed by Nato, the parties warned that the plans are driven by fears of Rojava evolving into a Kurdish state and Turkey’s Kurds gaining autonomy.
They insisted “war and occupation” will not solve the Kurdish issue and called for a “peaceful solution of issues on a democratic basis through dialogue with Kurdistan constituents.”
The groups called for people in Turkey to take a public stand against war.
“We are calling on the UN, Nato, Council of Europe, EU Council and international bodies to warn those who target with armed interventions and invasions … and contribute to the solution by saying political, democratic, peaceful solutions to issues are possible,” their statement said.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.