Dienstag, 14. Oktober 2014

Open letter: Please save the Kurds of Kobanê by getting in contact with the UK and Cyprus!

to the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the President of Cyprus and the US Secretary of State

Dear Mr Rt Hon Philip Hammond,
Dear Mr Nikos Anastasiadis,
Dear Mr John Kerry,

according to the Washington post, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Mr Staffan de Mistura, found the right words and drew the exact comparisons WP: "U.N envoy invokes Srebrenica massacre in call for help for Syrian town of Kobanel"

It is obvious that Turkey is neither willing to help the Kurds nor to avoid that Srebrenica and Rwanda will repeat, although it would have nothing to do than just simply open the US Air base in Incirlik and stop cutting the Kurdish reinforcements as well as humanitarian help BBC video: Turkey stops Kurds from entering Syria to fight Islamic State).
If Turkey does not want to cooperate without insisting on it’s maximalist demands for a dangerous “buffer zone” (Rebwar Rashed: "NO to Turkey´s ‘Buffer Zone’ in West Kurdistan!"), we have to let negociations go and look for a reasonable alternative, which is more than obvious.

As Mr de Mistura said, there can be no doubt about the international communities' responsibilty to help. If it keeps on waiting for the Turkish government, that is insisting only on it’s own national interests, not caring about massacres and cruelties carried out by ISIS and seeking only to destroy Kurdish democratic movement in Northern Syria, please kindly realize that this is unavoidable. If these senseless negociations continue, each current government on earth will be guilty and blamed by future generations.

The international community must contact Cyprus immediately and think about the use of the British Royal Air Force Station Akrotiri (Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia) in order to support the Kurdish defenders with Apache helicopters, that already served to avoid massacres in Kosovo in 1999.
The Apache's average operating range is about 296 miles.
The distance from RAF Akrotiri to Kobanê is less than 330 miles. So, please find a way to make this life-saving alternative become real; e.g. try to equip the infantry base in Dhekelia with petrol and weapons to arm the helicopters and you can save another 45 miles. This may not work with jets, but seems to me like a realistic way to act with helicopters.

I am appealing to your humanity, please react immediately and save the lives of thousands of Kurds, Syriacs, Armenians and other ethnicities living peacefully together in the town of Kobanê defending the democratic values they obtained within the last two years.

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