Kurdistan National Congress accuses Sweden of bowing to Turkish demands

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Kurdistan National Congress accuses Sweden of bowing to Turkish demands
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Sweden has been accused of bowing to the demands of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by the Kurdistan National Congress.

 

Ahmed Karamus, co-chairman of the Kurdistan National Congress, on Saturday, November 5, accused the Swedish government of bowing to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s demands.

The Swedish government’s decision to no longer support the YPG and PYD is a decision that goes hard against democratic norms and Swedish values he said. “It is a blow against democracy, against security, and against the security of the world”, Karamus added.

He suggested that Kurds are worried that the distancing will have consequences for refugees and people affected by the IS war in the region. According to him, Turkey is exploiting its NATO membership to put pressure on Sweden and get its demands through.

Swedish-Kurdish social debater and author, Kurdo Baksi, is also disappointed by the government’s distancing of the YPG and PYD. He called Foreign Minister Tobias Billström’s recent statement ‘disrespectful’.

“Given that at least 11,000 young Kurds sacrificed their lives for everyone’s safety, Billström’s statement feels unpleasant and borders on disrespect”, he wrote in a comment to SVT Nyheter.

According to the Swedish government, there are too close ties between the YPG and the PYD and the PKK, a terrorist organization listed by the EU. The distancing is done to secure the relationship with Turkey, as reported by svt.se.

Above all, this is about fighting terrorism and all activities that on Swedish soil support or collect money for terrorism. Sweden must be a place that opposes terrorism in every way, Ulf Kristersson, the new Swedish PM, told SVT Nyheter.

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