World Bulletin / News Desk
The president of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of northern Iraq, Masoud Barzani, has made his first evaluation since returning from his visit to the Turkish province of Diyarbakir, a city known as the heart of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish South-east.
Commenting on his warm reception in Diyarbakir, Barzani said, ‘For a person to be greeted in this way gives one a great sense of pride. It made me happy to see the flag of Kurdistan in Diyarbakir.’
He said that the Kurdish issue in Turkey had progressed to a very important point, recalling the efforts of his father Molla Mustafa Barzani who wrote letters to the UN and a number of countries in 1966 complaining of oppression against the Kurds at the time. His father had
‘Turkey was one of those counties. The president at that time was Cevdat Sunay and he didn’t accept our letter. When Suleyman Demirel was prime minister, he called for Sivan Perwer to be arrested. In those days Kurdish language and dress was illegal. Now look where we are,’ he said.
Referring to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s use of the term ‘Kurdistan’, Barzani said: ‘The fact that he allowed the people to raise the Kurdish flag and participated in a parade of Kurdish dress shows an important change of politics,’ before adding, ‘Kurds should seize the moment and act wisely.’Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 14:12