Turkey’s use of chemical weapons brought up in the Italian parliament

Italian parliamentarian Erasmo Palazzotto submitted a parliamentary question about the Turkish state’s use of chemical weapons against Kurds.

In a parliamentary question about the Turkish state's use of chemical weapons against the guerillas, Italian deputy Erasmo Palazzotto stated that the Turkish government is guilty of the systematic violation of international treaties.

Palazzotto stated in his questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that the Turkish state has repeatedly and clearly violated international conventions to which it is a party.

The parliamentarian drew attention to war crimes committed by the Turkish state in the 1990s, such as extrajudicial killings, torture, village burnings, and forced displacement, as well as the occupations of Afrin in 2018 and Girê Spî and Serêkaniyê in October 2019 and noted that chemical weapons such as white phosphorus were used in Rojava. "Despite the fact that all of these incidents have been authenticated and adequate proof exists, the Turkish government and military authorities have never been charged."

Palazzotto stated that chemical weapons were widely used in Metina, Zap, and Avaşin in the invasion attacks that have been ongoing in Southern Kurdistan since April 23, 2021 and added that this now "emphasizes the danger of an unsustainable scenario" in Kurdistan.

"The Turkish government is responsible for the systematic breach of international treaties," Palazzotto said and asked what kind of steps the European institutions plan to take in this regard.