Francis Wurtz, the long-time chairperson of the European United Left – Scandinavian Green Left group in the European Parliament, reacted harshly to the invasion attempt against Afrin and stated that Erdoğan is a criminal according to international laws.
Francis Wurtz, who served as MEP between 1979 and 2009, issued a statement and said the attempt to invade Afrin is a clear violation of principles of international law. Wurtz said Erdoğan and the Turkish state officials should be held criminally responsible for these attacks and added that the attacks can’t be explained away with conjunctural excuses.
KURDISH AUTONOMOUS REGION IS ERDOĞAN’S “NIGHTMARE”
Wurtz stressed that the attempt to invade Afrin is part of Erdoğan’s strategy to prevent the Kurdish cantons from coming together and that an autonomous region led by the PYD in Northern Syria is “Erdoğan’s nightmare”.
Wurtz said Erdoğan personally threatened people against the war and had hundreds of them imprisoned, and added that war propaganda and a militarist-ultranationalist wind has been blown over the whole country.
Wurtz also mentioned Erdoğan threatening France and other countries about the invasion being taken to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and said Turkey’s “bloody adventure” is hurting the fight against ISIS and voiding peace negotiations including Astana.
LIP SERVICE CRITICISMS OF COUNTRIES THAT PROVIDE THE ARMS
Wurtz criticized the fact that a significant portion of military equipment and weapons the Erdoğan regime uses in the invasion attempt is provided by France and Germany, and protested their silence in the face of the invasion.
Wurtz mentioned a sentence published in the pro-war daily Hürriyet last month and pointed to the paper’s view that weapons and money are what matter and the “lip service” criticisms of Western countries are “just for show”.