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Federative Model?

 There is a subtle but essential difference between the Kurds vis-à-vis Turkey and the “Turkish-Cypriots” vis-à-vis RoC. There is a fairly well defined region in the south-east part of Turkey which is inhabited mostly (more than 90%) by Kurds. This is part of Kurdistan which is occupied by Turkey. Most “Turkish” Most Kurds live in this area, more than 15 million. Rather recently, a couple of million have moved to Eastern Turkey, especially Constantinople, in search of work because their home areas have been devastated by the Turkish army. Since their land is OCCUPIED, these people have the right to self-determination. In the same way we had the right to self-determination against the English colonialists who occupied Cyprus. We were never given the chance to exercise that right, for reasons amply covered elsewhere.

In contrast, the so-called Turkish-Cypriots were living all over Cyprus, mostly in mixed villages and towns. The term “community” – as in Greek-Cypriot community and Turkish-Cypriot community – is a cunning English (Foreign Office) invention to help them masterfully apply the often mentioned policy of “divide and rule”. In fact, Cyprus is a Greek island (i.e. the majority of the inhabitants are Greek) with a sizable (18%) Muslim minority and some smaller minorities which, all together amount to about 4% (Armenian, Maronite and, Latin mostly).

Therefore, “Turkish” Kurdistan may form a federal part of an Asia Minor state (or Turco-Kurdish Federation) if the Kurdish population so decides; it would make sense. However, the so-called T/c’s are not a people under occupation. Most of them are the off-spring of former Greeks who converted to Islam. No Greeks came to occupy their land; whereas, Turks do occupy part of the land of the Kurds. A federation (confederation, union of constituent states or what else) is equivalent to partition. It will be a legalization of the de facto but not de jure partition that exists now.

What is common between Kurdistan (not Turkey) and Cyprus is that both have lands occupied by Turkey. A difference is that most Kurds remain in their land whereas most Greeks from the occupied part of Cyprus have been chased away.

Ironically, in an extreme arrogance, Turkey claims for what Davutoglu terms “Ottoman remnants” what the Kurds demand from Turkey and she declines to give.



Mon 28 May 2018


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