Murat Karayılan, one of the top officials of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has called on NATO to stop supporting Turkey’s murderous and genocidal policy.
Speaking to Fırat News Agency, the PKK executive committee member said in the second part of the interview:
“In fact, the Treaty of Lausanne was made under the leadership of the European powers. It was an agreement to deny the Kurdish people. Ninety-nine years have passed since this agreement. Many massacres and great tragedies have taken place in Kurdistan in that time.”
Karayılan emphasised that both the NATO summit in Madrid and the discussions on Sweden and Finland’s bid for accession were effectively further approval of the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923.
He said that Turkey wanted approval for its “genocidal policy” in Kurdistan, meaning that NATO and the European states play a role in the crimes Turkey commits in Kurdistan.
“What we really want to understand is, does the NATO Secretary General know that the tactical nuclear weapons used against Kurds in Kurdistan were given to Turkey by NATO?” asked Karayılan.
There is a term called Scandinavian democracy which is mostly led by Sweden and Finland, he said. “But Sweden and Finland are silent against Turkey’s genocidal policy.”
“This is a sign that they are not very determined or insistent on the principles of democracy. However, the Kurdish people play an important and pioneering role in the fight against ISIS and in representing democracy in the Middle East,” he added.
He said that Sweden has blamed the Kurdish people for years because of charges that the PKK were responsible for the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1980.
This despite the fact that it was revealed in 2020 that Stig Engström was the murderer, he added.
Instead of apologising to the Kurds, Sweden is supporting anti-Kurdish politics, he said.