Antifon: If northern Kurds are to remain within "Turkey", they will accept NO LESS rights than Turkish Cypriots, and "Turkey" ostensibly on their behalf, have been demanding in Cyprus, and Turkish Cypriots do not even have either a historical or ethical claim to a contiguous part of Cyprus as Kurds do in northern Kurdistan. When will ethnic Turks finally face this reality? Which reporter will break the ground first? Perhaps Nuray Mert.
Article by Nuray Mert: The main problem with Turkish politics concerning Kurds is that “Turks” cannot accept any prospect of Kurds ruling themselves. Turks in general and the present government in particular resist the idea of Kurdish “nationhood” and that is it. The Kurds may be latecomers but the Kurdish problem is a “national problem,” and first of all, this reality has to be acknowledged. Otherwise, Turkey’s domestic and regional politics concerning the Kurds will not lead anywhere positive.
Interestingly enough, Turkey did not express concern when the border points were captured by radical Islamist groups, but got alarmed by the alteration of position in favor of the PYD. Reacting to the ongoing clashes between radical Islamist groups and the PYD along with the Syrian border, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu came up with some demands on Syrian Kurds. “First, they should not cooperate with the regime. Second they should not form a de facto establishment on sectarian or ethnic grounds,” he said. In fact, so far Kurds managed to keep from collaborating with the regime as their own policy, so it seems that they do not need preaching. Then, Kurds are struggling for their rights and freedoms as a political identity that defines itself more as a nation than ethnicity. Finally, they do not seem to seek Turkey’s assistance to determining their policies, but they just ask for friendly relations. Nevertheless, Turkey never gives up declaring what Kurds should do.
To tell the truth, I am not for Kurdish separatism and Kurds do not seem to be so either. It is perfectly understandable for Turks to wish to live within the same borders with Kurds, yet it is something else to oppose their nationhood.
Kurdish ‘nationhood’ by NURAY MERT on Hurriyet Daily News 29-7-2013