Dur­ing the con­fer­ence by the Sol­i­dar­i­ty with Afrin Plat­form in Gene­va to which par­tic­i­pat­ed Sal­ih Mus­lim, spokesman for the PYD (Syr­i­an Demo­c­ra­t­ic Union Par­ty), he crit­i­cized the posi­tion of West­ern coun­tries sup­ply­ing weapons to the Turk­ish Army.

Feb­ru­ary 17 2018 — in French on RojIn­fo

Turkey sheds our blood with the weapons you sup­ply”, Mus­lim declared, adding they were not expect­ing West­ern coun­tries to fight against Turkey but ask­ing them to act in accor­dance with inter­na­tion­al law.

The spokesman then said that the peo­ples of Afrin are defend­ing their lands and their homes.

Mus­lim called the Turk­ish attacks in Afrin a demon­stra­tion of “a will to take revenge for the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor” then he stat­ed that Turkey invad­ed Afrin with ISIS and oth­er rad­i­cal islam­ic groups. “All the rad­i­cal groups in Dam­as­cus and oth­er Syr­i­an regions were brought to Idlib. This was done with the help of agree­ments signed in Gene­va and dur­ing oth­er meet­ings. Erdo­gan present­ly hopes to install these groups in Afrin for, in this way, he will be able to use the region. He would like to change the demo­graph­ic struc­ture and use it against the Kurds. He hopes to take advan­tage of Jihadist groups that are a threat for Europe and the Mid­dle East. This is how the killers in Great-Britain, in France and in Ger­many were able to cross into Europe from Turkey.”

We are not telling you to fight against Turkey” 

Mus­lim declared: “We are not telling the West to fight against Turkey, or to stop com­mer­cial trad­ing with it, but Turkey is shed­ding our blood with the weapons you sup­ply. There are Unit­ed Nations res­o­lu­tions and rules of inter­na­tion­al law. These weapons can­not be used to mas­sacre civil­ians. The Unit­ed Nations’ Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil says so. Does this mean that those dying in Afrin are not civil­ians? Those liv­ing in oth­er coun­tries are civil­ians but the Kurds dying in Afrin are not? Why do you keep silent? This is where your vision for democ­ra­cy and its insti­tu­tions breaks down. Turky is killing civil­ians, why don’t you act?”

Since the start of Turk­ish oper­a­tions in Afrin, 180 civil­ians have been killed and 400 wounded.

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