Kurdish bloc slams Baghdad’s refusal to call on Asad to step down23/07/2012 23:08
BAGHDAD, July 23 (AKnews) – The Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC) in the Iraqi Parliament criticized the Iraqi government on Monday for refusing to call on Syrian President Bashar al-Asad to step down and end violence in the country.
Since the protests began last year, thousands of Syrians have been killed by the pro-Asad forces and the Syrian army has been using heavy artillery to crack down on the protests that are now gaining momentum towards a fully fledged war between the Asad forces and the Free Syrian Army and the opposition forces.
About 50,000 Syrians have been displaced to Turkish territories due to the violence and Ankara has plans to open another refugee camp as more and more Syrians are fleeing the country.
The Arab League has called on Bashar al-Asad to step down and charge the opposition forces with forming an interim government to prepare grounds for elections.
The Iraqi government, however, rejected the Arab League decision and described it as “intervention” in the “internal affairs” of another country with its own sovereignty.
Spokesperson for the KBC, Moayyed Tayyib, said “What is happening in Syria is that the regular Syrian army is committing horrible crimes against the Syrian people.. And when these horrible crimes are committed, it is no longer an internal affair in any country”
Tayyib sounded KBC’s support for the Syrian people’s demands to “topple the Asad regime and the establishment of a democratic system in the country"
"We are with the people not with the repressing regimes"
The Iraqi government has also refused to accommodate Syrian refugees fleeing to the Iraqi border for sanctuary.
Baghdad’s refusal to accommodate refugees has been widely criticized across the political spectrum in the country.
By Raman Brosk