Co-Chairmen of the Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans released a statement on Tuesday condemning the killing of 12 Turkish and 1 Iraqi Citizen while stressing that the US-designated terror group PKK bears the responsibility for the brutal massacre.
The statement has been released by Congressmen Steve Cohen (TN-09), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Gerry E. Connolly (VA-11) and Joe Wilson (SC-05), Chairmen of the bipartisan Caucus on U.S. “As co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, we condemn the kidnapping and killing of twelve Turkish citizens and one Iraqi citizen,” the statement said as the congressmen extended condolences to the families of those who lost a loved one. The congressmen has also pointed out that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (P.K.K.), which is a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, bears responsibility for their deaths.
The statement has also stressed that PKK leaders who authorized these crimes must be held accountable.
The PKK terrorists have executed 13 people in a cave in northern Iraq during a Turkish Army operation to rescue them on February 14th. The terrorist PKK, however, attempted to put the blame on Turkish Army by absurdly claiming that the hostages have been murdered by Turkish soldiers.
The US state department have been criticized by Turkish government for its dubious language in its statement to condemn the murders. State department statement following the murders said “if PKK is responsible” something that fell in the same narrative with the terror group.