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UK Labour leader: All Mideast settlements must ensure Kurdish rights

By Rudaw 14/5/2017
Leader of Britain’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: AFP
Leader of Britain’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: AFP
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party discussed his foreign policy intentions regarding the Kurds in an interview at the Chatham House on Friday, saying that Syria and any settlement in the Middle East must include recognition of the rights and needs of the Kurdish people.
 

Jeremy Corbyn said that he had visited all parts of Kurdistan over the years and witnessed that the “Kurdish people have been very, very badly treated.”

 
Corbyn also disagrees with Turkey’s treatment of the Kurds. When asked by a reporter if he would “condemn the genocide which is going on against the Kurds in Syria and Turkey,” Corbyn replied, “I would be very strong with the Turkish government on its treatment of Kurdish people and minorities and the way in which it’s denied them their decency and human rights.”
 
Regarding the use of military action by Turkey against the Kurds, Corbyn stated, “If arms are being used to oppress people internally in violation of international law then they [arms] simply should not be supplied to them.”
 
When asked if his foreign policy would do anything to renew the peace process in Turkey  to ensure that the Kurds are represented in the UN-sponsored Geneva talks aimed at ending Syria's civil war, Corbyn stated that, “If you suppress somebody’s identity, which is what has happened with the Kurdish people, then you actually end up with the danger of a much greater conflict later on. It is a question about recognizing people’s language and their identity which I think is an important part towards peace.”

The  peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) collapsed when fighting resumed in mid 2015. Turkey also considers the the ruling Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria as an extensin of the PKK, a named terrorist organization by Turkey, and therefore it opposes the PYD from taking part in the Geneva talks. 
 
The labour leader is an anti-war campaigner and has been adamant about his opposition to the use of nuclear weapons. Current Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative party believe that if he were to be elected into power, it would put Britain’s security at risk.
 
"I will do everything to protect the security and safety of our people and our country.” Corbyn said in response to her accusations. “The best defense for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking political solutions to the world's problems," he said in a speech in London as reported by Reuters.

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 14/5/2017
"actively engaged in seeking political solutions" ... Bail Corbyn out at 5,000 feet over Raqqa. Let him float down waving his hands like a Jedi, thereby creating a political solution which will Save Life On This Planet As We Know It ... (These ideological clowns NEVER endanger their own b*tts.)
w | 14/5/2017
Sounds like a "Ron Paul" counterpart, who appreciates the difference between national defense and empire building.
Max | 14/5/2017
Must say a refreshing new tune from the British on Kurds, too bad he has a low chance of winning the elections, his rival May in the current government can't ink deals fast enough with the new Sultan in Turkey, specially military deals, which will of course come back to bite them in the butt in the near future, the Turks are probably selling all Nato secrets is to the Russians and Chinese
vatan seven | 15/5/2017
i am glad you have said something and i am glad you have noticed about kurds how badly been treated in all 4 countries!!! but no more because we want our independent now from all 4 country.
Kurdo | 15/5/2017
All this man does is to talk sadly. They all support Palestine but never kurds who outnumber fakestinians by 4 times. Heck EU and UK give lot of money to Turkey also. The former syrian ambassador Robert Ford said recenlty that Kurds are pro-equality and thats not good for Syria. There is a reason why the elite wants the kurds to stay muslim and not Apoci/PKK. Because Islam makes you stupid and you follow Shaytan who is Allah. Kurds are not muslims, if you love Islam then get out of Kurdistan or we will have a civil war in the end. Israel and jews rule the world right? I will use the term muslims use "Allah knows whats best". So Allah say that zionist is the best because he bless them right? Islam is soo stupid. Long live Israel by the way, please support PYD.
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