A bit of background
“For a long time, Turks have resented the “curse of strategic significance” related to its forming NATO’s southern flank. They felt it enabled the military to keep a watchful eye over their politicians”The Military keeping a watchful eye over Turkey’s politicians. Makes one wonder who exactly is is in charge, doesn’t it? I don't wonder so much, but others may?
About a month back I had begun to work on a post about Turkey’s betrayal- but haven’t been able to get back to it. So at some point in time we are going to talk the destabilization of Turkey
For now, I leave you this article to read.
In an exclusive interview with BasNews, well-known Kurdish politician Muhammad Amin Penjweni has said that the US has evidence that Islamic State (IS) militants are receiving help and support through Turkey and he believes that after the destruction of IS insurgents, a referendum addressing Kurdish independence will be carried out.
|Muhammad Amin Penjweni|
Penjweni said that the US wants to open a military air base in the Kurdistan Region; an vital in step in protecting Kurdistan in the future.
He pointed out that no Kurdish political party will be against the establishment of the US military air base, but Baghdad and Iran might have a different view. However, Baghdad may accept the establishment of a temporary base to tackle the ongoing threat posed by Islamic State, but is very unlikely to support plans for something permanent.
Commenting on the closure of Incirlik US Air Base in Turkey, Penjweni continued, “It was closed because of the silence of Turkey against IS insurgents. This shows that Washington can no longer trust Turkey. Turkey’s policies in this case don’t tally with US interests. US has clear evidence that Turkey is a major logistical center for fulfilling the needs of terrorists (IS insurgents).”Out with Turkey and in with a new NATO friendly Kurdistan. But more then just NATO friendly?
Also oil rich. And very friendly with Israel
“Therefore, the US has asked the the Kurdistan Region to allow them to establish a military airport in the region, which is good for Kurdistan. If Kurdistan holds a referendum and declares independence in the future, this base will protect Kurdistan,” said Penjweni.
“Now, after the silence of Turkey about IS militants, Kurds in the Kurdistan Region understand that Turkey improved relations with the region only for oil and gas, and now Turkey has sold the Kurds and Kurdistan to IS. Kurds no longer trust Turkey,” added Penjweni.
Speaking more about the possibility of independence in the future, Penjweni said, “The referendum will be held, we have made preparations. The Kurdistan Parliament has already passed the law approving the referendum. Yet, the problems between Erbil and Baghdad are remaining unsolved. I believe after we have destroyed IS insurgents, the Kurdish referendum will be held in the Kurdistan Region and Kurdistan will declare independence.”In regards to hosting the Kurdish National Conference (KNC), Penjweni said that the preparations continue, but there are elements hindering progress – the ongoing disputes with Baghdad, and the war against Islamic State.
“Kurds have given Iraqi PM Haidar Abadi three months to address the issues between Erbil and Baghdad. Once that is resolved, the Kurdish referendum will be held, which will facilitate the meeting of the KNC,” Penjweni said.
On the subject of the relationship between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan’s Workers’ Party (PKK) he said, “The PKK and Kurdish political parties views of the Kurdistan Region differ. Issues such as the Kurdish question in Turkey and Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), but I believe the difference of opinions has not reached an extent that will damage or risk Kurdish national interests. They have a different interpretation of some cases, which is something normal between political parties.”
Penjweni also touched upon the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and Syrian Kurdistan, “Kurdish people of the Kurdistan Region and Rojava see themselves as one. As it was seen recently that after IS militants attacked the Kurdish town of Sinjar in Mosul, Kurdish fighters from Rojava played a big role in rescuing the Kurdish Yazidi people and opened the road for them to Rojava.”
“It proves that the Kurdish people of the Kurdistan Region and Rojava see themselves as one. I hope Kurdish leaders will get close to each other in the same way,” emphasized Penjweni.
Commenting on the unification of Kurdistan Region and Rojava, he stated that it is possible.
“Especially if the export of Kurdish oil and gas through Rojava and the Mediterranean Sea is implemented. In this situation, Kurds must be politically and economically independent. Now, Kurds have a good opportunity and they must play their political cards wisely,” added Penjweni.
“Kurds must be united in their national interests to protects Kurdistan and Kurdish people,” concluded Penjweni.
I have discussed the Kurds on several occasions here: One of the earlier posts though not the first on the topic seems relevant at this time
November 16/2011 The Kurds- The wild card in Syria
Israel and the Kurds are cozy as you have read in the post from 2011 and can bring yourself up to speed in the latest one on the topic
September 24/2014The Kurds: Israel's not so improbable ally