Petition Closed

Peter Khalil must apologise to the Turkish community

This petition had 724 supporters

This week in Australian Parliament, Peter Khalil, Federal Member for Wills spoke in Parliament regarding the ongoing peace Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin region. 

Mr. Khail’s comments directed at the Turkish peace mission are completely ill-informed and lack subsistence. Any support SDF is support for PKK which is a listed terrorist group in Australia. 

Here is the speech on his Facebook (be sure to leave a comment) -

It’s hardly a surprise Khalil’s name has resurfaced, Khalil's name appears in two US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. According to the cables - one from 2007, the other from 2009. Source - 

Turkey is a key member of NATO and plays an important peace making role in the Middle East like hosting millions of Syrian refugees. 

Entering its seventh year, the conflict in Syria continues to be a direct threat to international security and regional stability. 

Turkey's land border with Syria and Iraq, measuring 1,295 km in length, requires Turkey to be alert to the developments within its neighbors and vigilant towards the security threats emanating from known terrorists.

Turkey's national security is under the direct threat of Syria-based terrorist organisations, among which Deash and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)/Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)'s Syria-affiliate Kurdish Democratic Union party (PYD)/People's Protection Unit (YPG) are at the forefront. 

The recent increase in rocket attacks and harassment fires (more than 700 so far), directed at Hatay and Kilis provinces of Turkey from the Afrin region of Syria, which is under the control of the PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG terrorist organisation, resulted in the death of scores of civilians and soldiers.

On the other hand, the recent advance of Deash terrorists into the Afrin region from other parts of Syria has heightened the risk of Deash elements infiltrating the Turkey-Syria border and targeting the security of Turkey as well as EU countries.

It must be underscored that these terrorist groups are also a direct threat to the unity of Syria and are a main source of instability which impedes civilians to reside peacefully in their habitats. 

The PYD/YPG's real intention is not to fight Deash or protect Kurds and Yazidis. Their real aim is to force demographic change and create separatist enclaves or terrorist hide-outs in the north of Syria.

To counter the recent surge of terrorist incursions and attacks on its territory, Turkey initiated the 'Operation Olive Branch' on 20 January 2018. 

'Operation Olive Branch' is not conducted against the Kurds of Syria. 'Operation Olive Branch' is aimed at ensuring border security, neutralising terrorists in Afrin and preventing a demographic change in the north of the country, helping Syrians to return to their homes as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance to the liberated areas through secured corridors.

Peter Khalil should stick to representing local residents in his marginal seat of Wills rather than political grand standing on complex foreign affairs issues facing western ally Turkey. The Turkish community of Australia call for a immediate retraction of disappointing comments made by Mr. Khalil by way of a public statement and full statement to the Parliament of Australia. 

In the meantime, it is vital that Turkey, an EU candidate , NATO ally and key peace maker in the Middle East, has the backing of its allies and friends in addressing its legitimate security concerns, which contributes to the overall security and stability of the EU and beyond.

Members of the community are further encouraged to call Peter Khalil’s office directly on Phone: (03) 9350 5777 and share this important petition on social media plugs. 

Today: Turkish Community of Australia is counting on you

Turkish Community of Australia needs your help with “Peter Khalil : Peter Khalil must apologise to the Turkish community”. Join Turkish Community of Australia and 723 supporters today.