On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the bombing of the city of Halabja by chemical weapons, Kosrat Rasul Ali, Deputy Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, delivered a message on Friday 15/3/2019.
The letter said "31 years ago, the Baathist regime, the fascist and dictatorship, bombed the heroic city of Halabja with chemical weapons and during a short period of time 5000 thousand Kurds were martyred and many many more got injured. On this solemn anniversary, we bow to the martyrs of the Halabja chemical bombing and call on everyone to provide services to Halabja and its people."
The letter added "The Baathist dictatorial regime did not stop and tried by all means to cleanse and eliminate the Kurdish people and for that cause it brutally committed the crime of Anfal, chemical bombardment, Arabization, mutilation, deportation, arrest, torture, execution and murder against the Kurdish people and its legitimate struggle, but the people's struggle continued until the Baathist regime was eliminated in the spring of 1991 and then in 2003."
"Today in which Halabja is the capital of peace for the Kurdistan region and steps to make it a province, it is our duty of the political forces and parties to be one voice and one position to serve Halabja and make serious attempt to define these crimes as a genocide on the international level and compensate the affected people of the city.”
Also came in the letter "It is the duty of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the concerned parties to cooperate and coordinate with the political parties to develop plans and programs for the reconstruction of the city and provide greater services to Halabja and its people and treatment of those who are infected with chemical weapons and compensate of those affected by this brutal crime."
“Peace be upon Kurds’ and Kurdistan’s martyrs”
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