Demirtas blames Turkey for supporting al-Qaeda

Kurdpress – 4.8.2013 – The co-leader of Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Selahattin Demirtas blamed the Ankara government for supporting al-Qaeda militants against the Kurdish forces who are controlling the Kurdish regions of Syria, Taraf daily said in a report released on Saturday.

“Turkey opened its border to al-Qaeda and al-Nusra, an Islamic group, members for some month. It allowed them to transport easily and cured their injuries so as they are now attacking Kurds,” he said.

Demirtas blamed the government of Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the “undeniable support.”He further demanded Kurdish politicians, activists and BDP supporters to go to bordering region of Ceylanpinar to hold a gathering in support of Syrian Kurds to tell “our Kurdish brothers that we have always been by them.” Demirtas further asked local authorities to avoid from banning on the “democratic move.” The BDP leader went on to say that he would ask for judiciary’s permission to take pictures from iailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan during next BDP delegation’s meeting with him, and release them after Eid al-Fitr. It was back in 2003 when Turkey government allowed pictures from the PKK leader released.