Below I list a series of excerpts from newspaper articles which prove beyond doubt that something is seriously changing in Turkey, with the Kurds debating federation as one of the options for an end to their 88 year old struggle against the Turkish state's forced assimilation policies towards them. No doubt the Kurds of Turkey are growing impatient.
But what are Kurds upto in Turkey? Where does their military wing, the PKK, stand?
"No consensus at Kurdish parley in Turkey" Sunday, January 16, 2011 ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News "The way to test the will of the Kurdish people is to hold a referendum, Halim İpek from the Kurdish Revolutionary Democrats Movement said Sunday. “The Kurds should decide on their right to self-rule,” İpek said, calling for a choice to be offered between independence, federation or confederation and the vote to be held under free democratic conditions with international observers."
"Speaking on the second day of the conference “The Meaning of Turkish and Kurdish Brotherhood: Problems and Solutions,” organized by the Kurdish Culture and Research Foundation, or KÜRT-KAV, and the Reform Movement, İpek also talked about the need for a new constitution under which Kurds’ separate identity would be guaranteed and all restrictions on education in mother tongue would be lifted. He added that the existence of all political parties that do not preach violence should be constitutionally guaranteed, even if they support independence."
"No consensus at Kurdish parley in Turkey" Sunday, January 16, 2011 ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
"We will try to abolish the current constitution rather than amending it. This constitution makes Kurds the most oppressed group in Turkey"
"We have two major demands which are recognizing Kurdish language in the constitution and removing article 66 which says anybody living in Turkey is a Turk. We want that provision to be changed to say anyone who lives in Turkey is a citizen of the republic of Turkey not a Turk"
Kurd Net (www.ekurd.net) Sept 2010 "Kurdish BDP-DTK delegation from Turkey meets Iraqi President" 6.9.2010
“Democratic autonomy aims to democratize the [Turkish] Republic, changing the rigidity of the nation-state that does not satisfy the needs of the people of Turkey while also eliminating the impediment that the nation-state creates in front of the political, social, economic and cultural development of the people,” the draft read.
Political administration of the autonomous model would be organized from the grassroots level through “village communes, town, district and neighborhood assemblies and city assemblies,” according to the draft, which said these would all be represented within an upper body, named the “Society Congress.”
“Democratic autonomy would not cause a changing of borders but within those borders it would make stronger the fraternity and unity of people,” the draft said, adding that it would start a new period for Kurdish-Turkish relations with “a new contract between Turkey and the Kurds.”
"Kurdish congress in Turkey seeks far-reaching autonomy" Sunday, December 19, 2010 ŞAFAK TİMUR DİYARBAKIR - Hürriyet Daily News
“It is the guilt and shame of a system that has been trying to assimilate Kurds for 80 years.” Demirtaş said there was an opportunity for the state to rid itself of this shame and pave the way for education in Kurdish. He also suggested that shop owners be allowed to use Kurdish, name their shops Kurdish and talk to their customers in Kurdish, adding that there is no obstacle to this.
“We will have bilingual signboards. Our friends are making preparations for the restoration of the Kurdish names of villages and neighborhoods. In every area of life, particularly in this region, the two languages should be used,” he said.
Sunday's Zaman "Blame game over Kurdish language stirs controversy" 19 December 2010, Sunday / Ayşe Karabat, Ankara
In the mean time, the PKK, a terrorist organization for Turkey, the USA and the EU, has laid its arms down awaiting the Turkish elites to put forth proposals which will in plain language describe what the much publicized by the AK Party list of “cultural rights” entails. Their expectations are high no doubt and their patience running thin [after 87 years of oppression, 30 years of armed struggle & 40.000 deaths].