PUK denounces Turkey’s violation of Iraq’s sovereignty

Turkey’s violation of Iraq’s sovereignty is unacceptable, said the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan faction in the Iraqi council of representatives on Friday, June 17.

In a statement the PUK faction in the Iraqi parliament said, we strongly condemn Turkey’s dreadful behaviors that caused burden for both regional and international countries.
“It seems that Turkey’s perception for opposing its neighbors is composed of Targeting corners of this land, yesterday Sinjar and today Kalar in which only innocent civilians martyr unfairly for the sake of implementing its plans,” it said.
The statement stressed that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has always emphasized preserving Iraq’s territorial integrity and protecting its sovereignty as well as its people.
Therefore we urge the Iraqi government to limit Tukey’s aggressive acts and carry out its own duty to protect the people, and properties of the country as well, according to the statement.
PUK’s faction statement came after when Turkey launched its latest drone strike in the Kurdistan Region on Friday, in which at least four were killed in Kalar district, Sulaimani province.
Turkey has expanded its military campaign in Iraq to destroy the positions of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) which Turkey, the United States, and the European Union classify as a terrorist group.
Ankara has launched a new air and ground campaign in order to eradicate PKK activities in the region seeing itself from establishing military bases and using advanced methods of warfare to target the Kurdish groups.
In April, Turkey launched a new military campaign, targeting PKK positions, Dubbed Operation Claw-Lock, Ankara says the offensive is a measure to prevent the PKK from using Iraq as a base to carry out attacks in Turkey.
The PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which in the past was mainly focused in southeast Turkey.
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