Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A referendum for Turkey's Kurds

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.

“I am not talking about holding a referendum tomorrow, but in 10, 15 or 20 years,” he said.
No consensus at Kurdish parley in Turkey January 16, 2011 ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News

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