Aziz Mamlê: If Qandil is lost, South Kurdistan will be lost
"Once a part of Kurdistan weakens, regardless of which one, other parts will also be harmed," said political observer Aziz Mamlê, calling for a united stance against Turkish occupation of Kurdistan lands.
Aziz Mamlê, a political observer from Rojhilat (Iranian Kurdistan) has reacted to the recent Turkish invasion in South Kurdistan saying that these attacks will increase even more if Kurds do not react.
Aziz Mamlê strongly criticized the Turkish state's attacks on southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq), saying, “The Turkish state wants to destroy everything related to Kurds and Kurdistan. It has occupied Afrin, Rojava and attacked Kobane, southern Kurdistan, as well the Kurdish citizens in Europe. It wants to destroy the Kurds, their history and the Kurdish identity.”
“The Turkish state has been attacking the lands of South Kurdistan for years and establishing its military bases. In recent years, it has been targeting Qandil. Qandil is like a homeland for the Kurds. If the Kurds lose Qandil, they will also lose South Kurdistan. Bakur (North Kurdistan), Rojhilat and Rojava are also in jeopardy. They have occupied the lands of South Kurdistan for about two months, destroyed many villages, forced the villagers to leave their lands and animals and to migrate to another place. The Erdogan government wants to destroy Kurdistan by using every method possible,” he said.
'KURDS SHOULD TAKE A CLEAR ATTITUDE AGAINST ATTACKS'
Mamlê emphasized that the reactions to the invasion attacks were not enough, and continued, “The Kurdish people, intellectuals, politicians, artists and activists have objected to the invasion of the Turkish army. Thousands of people joined the march against the invasion in Sulaymaniyah and reacted to the attacks of the Turkish state. But these reactions are not enough. Our people should be mobilized against these invasion attacks.”
“If we do not react to the Turkish state's attacks, these attacks will increase even more. The Kurds must take a stand against these attacks. Thanks to the heroism of our guerrillas, namely the HPG, the Turkish state cannot achieve victory. The guerrillas are pushing back the attacks of the Turkish army in the mountains of Kurdistan. Numerous soldiers of the Turkish army have been killed in the invasion attacks. Three weeks ago, a French newspaper (Le Monde) wrote that Erdogan had prepared another plan to completely destroy Qandil. The Turkish army and Erdogan have two goals. The first is to weaken the Kurds. The second is the fact that the Erdogan government is going through economic, political and military crises. It has failed in Cyprus, Libya, Syria. In other words, if problems continue, Erdogan will not be elected in the 2023 elections. For this reason, Erdogan seeks to weaken the Kurdish movement by playing the Turkish nationalism card,” Mamlê stressed.
“I believe in HPG and guerrilla forces, but this is not enough. Our people should support the guerrillas wherever they live and condemn the invasion of the Turkish army. The Turkish state wants to destroy the nature of Kurdistan. Environmentalist, green and ecological movements in Europe should also react to the Turkish state's attacks on the Kurdistan nature,” he noted.
'QANDIL IS THE MOTHERLAND OF KURDS'
Pointing to the threat against Kurdistan and the Kurdish people, Mamlê concluded, “Once a part of Kurdistan weakens, regardless of which one, other parts will also be harmed. The existence of Qandil also means support for East Kurdistan. Qandil is the motherland of the Kurds and Kurdistan. Our people in Rojhilat are also reacting to the invasion attacks of the Turkish army against Qandil. All the Kurdish people are worried about these attacks.”