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 British and French Governments have historical and moral duty to support Syrian Kurds

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British and French Governments have historical and moral duty to support Syrian Kurds ‎ 9.9.2012 
By Omar Sindi
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September 9, 2012

As World War 1 ended, in November 11, 1918; Ottoman Empire capitulated, the prime victors of the war (Britain and France ) unconsciously and arbiterly determined the division of Kurdistan amongst the new artificially created States; which basically made Kurdistan the Sub-colony of the colony whom ever since the Kurdish people’s plight and right being denied.

During French mandate rule in Syria: The France government did not support or provide any recognized legislative code to protect the Kurdish people in Syria, even though this forceful attachment was against the wishes of the people of the Kurdish region. “In 1936-1937 there was some autonomist agitation among Assyrians and Kurds, supported by some Bedouins, in the province of Al-Jazira. Its partisans wanted the French troops to stay in the province in the hypothesis of a Syrian independence, as they feared the nationalist Damascus government would replace minority officials by Muslim Arabs from the capital. The French authorities refused to consider any new status of autonomy inside Syria.”

They must acknowledge the historical errors, revising the Judgments and take their- cause to the United Nation before General Assembly for recognition of autonomous Regions in Eastern Syria.

Today, the world is witnessing the devastating civil war in Syria, mainly between Bashar al- Assad dictatorial regimes and majority Sunni oppositions with brutal consequences on both sides of conflicts and so far the Kurdish areas have partially been spared, the Kurdish Syrian Parties agreed to jointly to govern the areas. Neither the oppositions nor Assad regimes do approve self- proclaim the Kurdish an autonomous region in the Eastern Syria. If there is no some kind of international protection is provided for self- proclaimed autonomy in Eastern Syria-Kurdistan; the future regimes in Damascus whether would continue to be Bashar al-Assad regime or the majority Sunni sect opposition which both do not appear to believe any minority rights the probability, it will involve ethnic cleansing which past history has showed that the Kurdish people in that area have suffered greatly including but limited to deprive from basic human rights, such as educations, citizenships, land confiscation and forceful deportations, etc., at the hand of various regimes in Damascus.

“Mohamed Talab Hillal in Syria, the Baathist Cabinet post Minister in 1963; who planned systematic destruction of Kurdish land in Eastern Syria, who wrote a baseless & unfounded thesis on the Kurdish people, which he set out “Arab Cordon Plan” ( Al Hizam al-Arabi) which envisaged the expulsion of the entire Kurdish population living in eastern Syria. Today the World has witnessed that the racist misguided policy that set out by opaque views that all Syrian people are suffering”.

Minorities in the region continues to face serious threats, discrimination and racism, and are frequently forbidden from taking part replete in the economic, political, social life of their countries.

“Kurdistan was erased from the map after World War 1, when the Allied Powers carved up the Middle East and denied the Kurds as a nation – State,” as far as Kurdish people concern this is a historical betrayal bestowed on the Kurdish nation by the victors of World War 1. The dominators of the sub- colonial states of this land, do not appear to have any future solutions at hand or to say these armed conflicts have failed to achieve any tangible goals. Therefore, we should pursue a different vision for the whole region, the best option that would be a democratic system, along a peaceful process. The Kurdish people have not sought superiority over any other nation; they seek equality, co- partnership, peace and justice for all, but at the same time, they do not accept inferiority either.

“The ideology of racism serves to legitimate the social inequalities between the groups by making them seem “natural” or “right.”If one can believing, that all tyrannical behaviors are good. Prejudice attitude toward members of another group. These people are regarded with hostility simply because they belong to a particular group, and they are assumed to have the undesirable qualities that are attributed to the group as whole”.

“The Sykes–Picot Agreement, officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, was a secret agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and France,[1] with the assent of Russia, defining their proposed spheres of influence and control in Middle East should the Triple Entente succeed in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The negotiation of the treaty occurred between November
1915 and March 1916.[2] The agreement was concluded on 16 May 1916.[3]”

The ill advised, the Asia Minor Agreement between the victors of the World War 1; was unjust to the region and it was devastating results to the Kurdish people and which took Kurdistan out of international stage . British and French governments, both have historical responsibility to re-correct the wrong course, which happened on May 16, 1916; at Sykes-Picot agreement, therefore the opportunity is on horizon, and both governments are capable of reversing at least partially that misguided policy bestowed on Kurdistan.
Today, minority communities face new challenges, including legislation, policies and practices that may unjustly hinder or transgress minority rights.

Erbil agreement should be enhanced and must continue to be, which was signed by the Kurdish forces and political parties of Syria under the supervision of Kurdistan Region's President Massoud Barzani.

Omar Sindi - United States, a regular contributing writer and columnist for

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