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Kurds hope restored KRG-Turkey ties can restart PKK peace process

By Rudaw 12/7/2018
KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani attended Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inauguration in Ankara this week. File photo: KRG
KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani attended Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inauguration in Ankara this week. File photo: KRG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish parties in Turkey are hopeful KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani can help pave the way for the resumption of the peace process between the Turkish state and the PKK. 

“Of course, leniency in relations between Turkey and the Kurdistan Region is a good thing and we support it,” Masoud Tak, head of the Kurdistan Socialist Party (PSK), told Rudaw. “The visit Nechirvan Barzani paid to Turkey will lead and pave the way for the resolution of the Kurdish question through dialogue and a peaceful way in North Kurdistan.”

Kurds refer to the Kurdish areas of Turkey as North Kurdistan and those in Iraq as South Kurdistan. 

Barzani attended the presidential inauguration ceremony of Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in Ankara.

Speaking to reporters in Holland a day later, Barzani described his visit to Turkey as “very important.”

His last official visit to the northern neighbor was in April 2017.

The KRG has sought to maintain good ties with its northern neighbor, an important trading partner. Relations were strained last year, however, when Ankara opposed the Kurdistan independence referendum. 

The Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) also welcomed Barzani’s visit, saying the normalization of ties between Ankara and Erbil means taking steps towards resolving the Kurdish question in Turkey.

Renewed fighting between PKK fighters and Turkish government in 2015 shattered a fragile peace process that was two years in the making. The negotiations had aimed at finally resolving the decades-old conflict.

“If relations become warm between Turkey and South Kurdistan, I believe it will affect North Kurdistan a hundred percent and relations between the state and North Kurdistan people will show some sort of leniency,” said Henif Turan, a leadership member of PAK.

The president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Turkey sees the Kurdish premier’s official visit to Ankara as the beginning of a new chapter in relations between the two sides since the September 2017 referendum on independence.

“If relations between the KRG and the Republic of Turkey as two neighbors or countries become better, it will definitely have a positive impact on the Kurdish question in Northern Kurdistan,” Sartaj Buchak told Rudaw.

He added that Erdogan and his party should “resume the policy of the peace process and democracy for the Kurdish nation and a political solution be found.”

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the more than three-decade-long conflict between Ankara and the PKK.

Barzani’s uncle, Masoud Barzani, backed previous peace efforts when Erdogan was prime minister of Turkey and Masoud was president of the Kurdistan Region. The elder Barzani joined Erdogan on stage in Diyarbakir in 2013, urging “my Kurdish and Turkish brothers to support the peace process.”

Erdogan hailed Masoud Barzani’s trip to Turkey, his first in two decades, as the “crown” on the peace efforts. 


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Azad | 13/7/2018
What a joke . As if KRG has any weight in the Turkish Government. During the failed referendum event, Turkey basically slapped us around, threatened to starve us and terminate us . Please lets understand our weight and not talk big words we can’t fulfill . It happened in September and we are shit .
pete | 13/7/2018
This is nonsense. Kurdish human rights are being sold out to Turkey by the Bashuri enemies of the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Kurdish people should remove these tribal "rulers" immediately.
Renas | 13/7/2018
@Azad, we are not shit. Unfortunately, our leaders are focused on things that important for them, their parties and their Clans, but it doesn't mean we are shit. Turks are shit, Arabs are shit. If our leaders could focus on their people and their country, only for a few years we would take our country back and be one of the strongest in the region, but they are not interested in that. They are extremely corrupted, much worse than both Turks, Arabs and Persians. I never thought they would be, considering how much our people have suffered for the last 100 years, but it seems they don't learn and never ashamed of it. They can sell their own mother for a few dollars. They use the Resources of Kurdistan as they would belong only to them and their Clans or parties. They all think their leader is God himself and they don't accept any other opinions. The leaders want to be leaders forever, even if they are in jail. For them the leader, who feed them, is way more important for entire people of Kurdistan and our land. The have zero visions for future, no plan to develop our country or our people. They have split up the country much more than our enemy have. Our situation today, and what have happened in the last 1,5 years shows that have not learned anything from our history. We need leaders who understand that they are there to serve their people, not to be served by the people. They have to understand that our country, our people and our history is the only sacred for us. We don't give a shit about the current leadership, we don't want any brotherhood with Turks or Arabs. We need new alternatives, we need to organize us much better. We want our country back. We should hit the enemy where it hurts most. The leaders we have today are all same crap, PKK is with Iraq and Iran, YNK is with Iran, PDK is with turkey. That are being stabbed in the beck by their so-called friends (the enemy), but they don’t understand, they don’t understand that the enemy have actually stabbed them in the beck when they stabbed “the other side”, which means another Kurdish party. They are so blind so they cannot see any different between enemies and friends. Just take a look at the relationship between Rojava and Basur, worse than South and North Korea. Even when they are attacked by the enemy from everywhere they have time to attack each other! YNK and PKK sold Kirkuk to Iran for only one reason, to weaken Barzani and Barzani accepted Turkey’s attack on Rojava to weaken PKK/PYD. It’s so sick! Those people are all very corrupted, very weak. Their Eyes see only one thing, dollars. With those people we will never get our country back, never. Tragic, but true.
Yiğit | 13/7/2018
Peace process is over, we are terminating terrorists everywhere. KRG officials better don't try to interfere in Turkey's domestics issues.
AzadAzadi | 14/7/2018
Does KRG has an office in Turkey ? NO so what is KRG-Turkey ties mean? PSK and PAK , who are these people ? PSK more and less dissolved after its leadership returned to Turkey. PAK ?
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