Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Movement, has requested a special meeting of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee to discuss NATO’s support of Turkish attacks on the border between Syria and Iraq. The attacks are not only affecting ISIS, but also local Kurds, who are themselves already engaged in the fight against ISIS.
“I decided to request a meeting after reading this news during the week,” Katrín told Vísir; asking what justification NATO has for supporting Turkish military action which is directly related to the decades-long troubles between Turkey and the Kurds. “It is mixing it up into the totally separate matter that is ISIS. The Kurds have also been at the forefront of the struggle against ISIS so one wonders what consequences this could have,” Katrín says.
“Other than that I want an explanation of what assumptions were behind this NATO meeting and whether the Icelandic authorities studied this case specially and made any comments on it.”
Katrín has expressed reservations at Iceland’s support of actions against ISIS. “I don’t see that they are really gaining results,” she says; calling for other action against the Islamist organization than air raids, Vísir reports.
Birgir Ármannson, chair of the foreign affairs committee, says he will organize a meeting soon, probably in the coming week; despite parliament being on its summer break.