Friday, February 3, 2012

Demirtaş in London

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was in London for a three-days visit where he spoke at two meetings held at the British parliament and at the Kurdish community center. The video lasts 20 minutes. Four demands are clearly spelled out (minute 6:50): [a] Kurdish identity to be constitutionally guaranteed in the currently debated Turkish charter [b] Kurdish language to be made official and used freely in the public domain [c] Kurds to be able to administer themselves through democratic autonomy [d] freedom for political association and organization under their own ethnic identity. I ask you all to consider: would Cypriots deny the Turkish Cypriot community (circa 80.000) these rights? Will the Turks deny the Kurdish community (20 million) these rights?

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.