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 Emergence of Kurdistan likely to have bearings on Armenian territories

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Emergence of Kurdistan likely to have bearings on Armenian territories  21.3.2013  
Naira Hayrumyan
Armenia Now

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March 21, 2013

YEREVAN,— The establishment of an independent Kurdish state, or perhaps an ethnic supranational entity, is apparently becoming a reality. Notably, this entity is likely to be established also on some of the historical Armenian lands in what is known as Western Armenia (part of modern-day Turkey) today. In that case, the descendants of Armenians massacred and dispossessed during the years of the genocide back in 1915 may face another fact by 2015 – their historical homeland will be officially proclaimed Kurdistan.

After the establishment of Iraqi Kurdistan, which has gained nearly a state status, Kurdish movements are also expected to prevail in Syria and Turkey. A few days ago United States Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the president of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, Massoud Barzani, about the ongoing crisis.

At the same time, the national coalition of opposition and revolutionary forces of Syria elected ethnic Kurd Ghassan Hitto head of the provisional government in the territory of the country which is now controlled by the opposition, reports Anadolu news agency.

Hitto is the second Kurdish oppositionist after the head of the Syrian National Council Abdulbasid Seid to have taken a top position in the ranks of the Syrian opposition. And if the fight against the Assad regime in Syria ends in favor of the opposition, the Kurds may insist on a division of the state or at least a confederation.

Meanwhile, in Turkey, the government is trying to reroute a growing Kurdish movement into the channel of so-called ‘constructivism’. Kurds are building up resistance, and statements are already being made about a confederation and changes in the Turkish Constitution, repealing Article 66, which says that all citizens of Turkey are Turks.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apparently worried over such developments, has established ties with leader of the Kurdish national liberation movement Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence in a Turkish jail. Mixed reports have been made about agreements reached between the two parties. While Turkish media say Ocalan has urged his supporters to leave the territory of Turkey and go to Iraq or Syria, the Kurds deny the existence of any agreements.

The Kurds themselves are demanding the release of arrested compatriots, including Ocalan. A Kurdistan Workers Party leader has called for a push for Ocalan’s release during the current celebration of Newroz (Persian New Year), as well as a campaign for a constitutional status for Kurds in Turkey.

(There is a small Kurdish community in Armenia that also regularly stages peaceful protests in Yerevan against oppression of ethnic kin in Turkey or elsewhere in the Middle East).

Still a few years ago several American think tanks published a map, according to which an independent state of Kurdistan will be established on parts of the territories that belong to modern Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Remarkably, in accordance with the same map a part of Western Armenia is joined to the Republic of Armenia. And now there is some expert opinion that soon the heirs of the victims of the Armenian Genocide will have to negotiate on restitution and financial compensation for the genocide and demarcation of the border not with Turks, but rather with Kurds.'s notes: The Kurdish flag flown unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia (Northern Kurdistan), according to unofficial reports, there are about 100,000 Yazidi Kurds live in Armenia (Northern Kurdistan).

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