Norway concerned about Turkish military presence in South Kurdistan

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Norway is concerned about the Turkish state’s military presence in southern Kurdistan.

Norway’s Socialist Party Deputy Freddy Andre Øvstegård submitted a parliamentary question to Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide concerning the invasion attacks of the Turkish army against southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq). Freddy Andre Øvstegård asked whether ‘the Foreign Minister condemns the Turkish military operations in southern Kurdistan’.

In response to the motion, Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide said that “We are concerned about the increasing military presence of the Turkish state in South Kurdistan. Turkey is jeopardizing the lives of civilians, their homes and living spaces. We expect Turkey to comply with international law regarding its military activities in Iraq as we did about its military presence in the Kurdish regions of North Syria.”

The Iraqi officials slammed the attacks that killed civilians and Turkey’s violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and airspace. The Iraqi authorities reiterated their reaction following the Turkish airstrike on the Maxmur camp on June 6.