Following the deadly explosion in Ankara on Sunday evening by militants of the PKK-affiliated Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) terrorist organization, that killed at least 37 people and injured 125, Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani told Sky News channel on Wednesday that the PKK's recent actions could cause conflict between the Turkish and Kurdish citizens of Turkey. Responding to Barzani, prominent Kurdish intellectual and author Vahdettin İnce told Daily Sabah on Thursday that Barzani aims to draw attention to the meaninglessness of the PKK's attacks as Kurtuluş Tayiz, a Kurdish columnist, stated that Barzani's remarks also underline the ruthlessness of the PKK's actions.
Both prominent Kurdish figures stressed that the wisdom of Turkish and Kurdish citizens has thus far deterred the civil war in Turkey that the terrorist PKK organization aims to create.
Speaking prior to the PKK-affiliated TAK's claim of responsibility for the Ankara attacks, KRG President Barzani stated, "If it is found that the PKK is linked to this attack, then the Kurdish people will be confronted with a great accusation." Barzani underlined his concerns regarding the attacks and said the attack will not only deepen a crisis but also "cause a great conflict between the Turks and Kurds in Turkey."
İnce responded, "Barzani making such remarks shows how tyrannical and how meaningless the PKK attacks are. There is also a wish that the attack does not become a reason for Kurdish people to suffer." Underlining that the majority of Turks are capable of differentiating between the Kurds and the PKK, İnce said there are marginal groups which see Kurds as indistinguishable from the PKK. "The PKK takes advantage of the atmosphere that these marginal groups create to encourage civil war in Turkey. However both Turkish and Kurdish citizens in Turkey are well aware that this is not a Turkish-Kurdish issue. The best example of this was the stance of Kurdish citizens residing in southeastern Sur district, opposed the trenches and provocations by the PKK."
İnce added that the terrorist PKK organization has not done anything to benefit Kurds since its establishment, adding that the PKK poisons the well-established grounds available to resolve the Kurdish issue in peaceful ways.
Kurdish columnist Tayiz said although the PKK aims to create civil war in Turkey, that there no people supporting or standing behind it. Similarly to İnce, Tayiz also stated that Barzani's remarks only aim to draw attention to the futility and the evilness of the PKK, adding that the KRG president informed that the PKK hopes to start civil war in Turkey. "I have no doubt that the PKK, with its recent bombing at the bus stop which targeted civilians, aims to create civil war, just like the its other previous attacks. But Turkish citizens do not perceive this matter as a Turkish-Kurdish issue, as both sides have strong wisdom regarding the matter," he added. Stating that Turkish and Kurdish citizens perceive the matter as terrorism and stand side-by-side, Tayiz underlined that there are currently no grounds for this to turn into a civil war in Turkey.
KRG President says Syrian Kurds are used as war tool
KRG President Barzani stated during an interview with Sky News Arabic on Wednesday that the fate of the Kurdish people in Syria are unknown, as he said they are being used as a war tool. Barzani said, "I do not know what might happen to Kurds once the war ends, because neither the Syrian administration nor the opposition grants their rights." Stressing that there are many political disputes and disagreements among Kurds in Syria, Barzani said that they [Kurdish people] have missed many opportunities due to this.
"Kurdish people have no agreement with the regime or the opposition. Neither the regime nor the opposition grants the rights of those Kurdish people in Syria. I do not know how they might be going on the right path, however I do know that the Rojava Kurds [Syrian Kurds] are being used as a war tool. Their fate is unknown after the war ends," Barzani added.