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Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat- An official in the media office of the Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK] has stated that “the PKK is not a tool in the hand of any country in the world to make it take up arms for it. It is a fully independent party in its decisions and its only loyalty is to the Kurdish people. It is seeking to achieve its people’s national demands through its persistent struggle and therefore its arms are for defending its legitimate national cause and not for rent to defend repressive and despotic regimes such as that of the Syrian one under Bashar al-Assad.”

This was the PKK’s response to the fears raised by Turkey after it became deeply involved in the Syrian events and playing a major role in directing their routes, namely, that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime might use the PKK card against Turkey if events in the region developed contrary to its wishes.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Karawan Azardi, the PKK media spokesman based in the Qandil Mountains, he dispelled the Turkish fears and stressed “they are absolutely baseless. These are no more than another attempt by the Turkish leadership to level random accusations against our party which is struggling for the cause of an oppressed and suppressed people inside Turkey and has nothing to do with what the tyrannical and repressive regimes in the region are doing.”

He categorically denied that his party is willing to take up arms to defend Bashar al-Assad’s regime and said: “We will not defend this tyrannical bloody regime under any circumstances. We add our voice to the voices coming from all over the world calling on the Syrian regime to stop killing the civilians, abandon the repression and violence, and open the way before the people to express their free will in a peaceful way.”

He went on to say: “Apart from the party’s repeatedly declared stand of supporting the popular struggle anywhere in the world for expressing the people’s free will and their aspiration for democracy and peace, the fate of the tyrannical repressive regimes in the region does not concern us.” He added: “Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had a very close friendship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until a very short time ago. The two countries’ bilateral cooperation was at the highest levels in all fields and there are dozens of political, economic, and security agreements that bind them which indicate the depth of their relationship. Bashar al-Assad’s regime arrested dozens of PKK members and supporters over many years and handed them over to the Turkish authorities. There were several security agreements and understanding between the two countries to seek to crush our party. In addition to all this, our Kurdish people inside Syria have suffered like all the other Syrian components from the practices of the dictatorial repressive Baathist regime which arrested and jailed thousands of our supporters and party members throughout their various national struggle stages. Many of them were martyred under the detestable Syrian security organs’ torture. So how can we take up arms to defend this regime as it heads toward the inevitable downfall?”

He added: “This is not the morality of a party struggling for a legitimate national cause recognized by international charters and laws. We are not hired gangs so as to use arms to defend the tyrannical regimes that kill their peoples. Thus the Turkish accusations against us are absolutely baseless and totally meaningless.”