Saturday, August 17, 2013

North Kurdistan 101

In light of the upcoming pan Kurdish conference I wish to share this tiny bit of wisdom with Kurds. Given Turks' thinking and actions in Cyprus over the last several decades, the north Kurdistani position cannot possibly be different than: EITHER we rule all of "Turkey" together, a fully bilingual "Turkey" on an equal basis, OR we rule north Kurdistan on our own. After all, north Kurdistan always was, without the need for an invasion, ethnic cleansing, division or colonisation. This is a position all permanent members of the UNSC can appreciate fully, given that they have dealt with Turkish demands on Cyprus and understand deeply the principles Turks invoke for their positions.

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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.