Kurdish opposition parties call on int. community to set ‘limits’ for Iran’s violations

File – View of the damage after rocket attack on the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) headquarters in Koya, southeast of Erbil

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The international community and the Iraqi and Kurdish governments should set “limits” for Iran’s violations, following an Iranian commander’s threat to attack armed Kurdish opposition groups on the Kurdistan Region’s border.

Cooperation Center of Iranian Kurdistan’s Political Parties said political refugees, activists, women and children live in areas where the Iranian revolutionary guards threatened to bomb.

“Besides tensions in the region, we are certain that Iran is looking to create another crisis,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

The group, including Iranian Kurdish opposition parties, called on the Iraqi and Kurdish governments as well as the international community to “set limits for the regime’s violations and stand against the disruptive attempts of Iran”.

On Monday, commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Mohammad Pakpour called on the Region’s people to stay away from bases used by the Kurdish opposition parties.

Pakpour said the Iranian Kurdish opposition parties had used areas on the Kurdistan Region’s border to undermine Iran’s security and tranquility.

“Iraq and the officials of the northern region of this country have been given the necessary warnings,” Pakpour said during a visit to areas on Iran’s border with the Kurdistan Region.

Iran has in the past shelled armed Kurdish opposition groups based in the Region.

In August, secretary of Iran’s top national security body Ali Shamkhani urged Iraq to expel the Kurdish opposition parties from the Kurdistan Region.

“We call on the Iraqi government to take more serious action to expel these groups from Iraqi Kurdistan so that Iran does not have to take preventative measures against…these armed terrorists,” said Shamkhani, according to the state news agency IRNA.

There are frequent clashes along Iran’s border with the Kurdistan Region between Iranian security forces and Kurdish armed groups such as the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).

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