Women visit Green Party MP Steffen to discuss the war in Kurdistan

Members of the "Women Defend Rojava" campaign and the Rojbîn Women's Council visited Till Steffen, member of the Bundestag, for a discussion about the war in Kurdistan in his office in Hamburg on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the campaign "Women Defend Rojava" and the Rojbîn Women's Council visited MP Till Steffen of the Green Party in his office in Hamburg with the aim of raising the issue of the Green Foreign Ministry's co-responsibility for the impending war in northern and eastern Syria and the chemical weapons attacks on the guerrillas in southern Kurdistan. Steffen entered the German Parliament in 2021 as a direct candidate from the middle-class district. The lawyer is co-founder of the Green Youth.

The visitors presented Steffen with a dossier of the demands of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and asked him about the silence of the Greens and especially Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock towards the crimes of the Turkish state against the Kurdish people. A recent investigation by the British journalist Steve Sweeney on the chemical weapons attacks on the Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) was also presented.

Steffen explained that he had no information on the current situation in Kurdistan, as there was "a different focus in foreign policy" at the moment. However, he said, he could still remember very well the condemnation of the Turkish attacks on Serêkaniyê and Girê Spî in 2019 by the 44th Federal Delegates Conference of the Greens in Bielefeld. At that time, the Greens had criticised the invasion of the Turkish army and the "massive deterioration of the political as well as humanitarian situation of the already battered region in northern Syria" in no uncertain terms. Steffen described Erdoğan's policy as "very aggressive" and promised to get comprehensive information on the position of the Green Foreign Ministry on the issue and to contact the spokesperson of "Women Defend Rojava".