MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government considers the Turkish authorities' military operation against Kurds in southeastern Turkey to be genocide, the regional government's representative in Moscow said.
"There is no doubt that civilians suffer the most… That is why the extermination of the Kurds is an actual genocide," Aso Talabani told RIA Novosti in an interview.
Talabani stressed that there are no PKK militants in some of the cities Ankara is pursuing its military operation.
"Say there is one partisan in a house. But hundreds of ordinary people [also] live in that house. The Turks bomb that house from tanks and helicopters. To kill one militant, [they] have to kill a hundred of civilians," the official said.
PKK has been fighting for independence of Kurdish territories from Ankara since 1984. The group, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, seeks to create a Kurdish state in parts of Turkey and Iraq.