Let­ter to Globe’s ed­i­tor

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Mr. Ed­i­tor,

Er­bil, Jan­uary 15th, 2013

A let­ter of Mr. Us­man Malla is pub­lished in the Kur­dish Globe is­sue dated 9 Jan­uary 2013 ad­dressed to H.E. Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan. Even though free­dom of ex­pres­sion is sa­cred, it is not pos­si­ble to ac­cept the base­less al­le­ga­tions men­tioned in the said let­ter. The gen­eral line of thought and in­for­ma­tion con­tained in that let­ter are if not the re­sult of ut­ter ig­no­rance, are at best out of date.

Turkey is an open so­ci­ety. De­moc­ra­ti­za­tion and devel­op­ment in Turkey dur­ing H.E. Prime Min­is­ter Er­doğan’s eleven years reign is un­de­ni­able. Win­ning con­sec­u­tive elec­tion vic­to­ries and in­creas­ing his vote each time to the point of re­ceiv­ing ev­ery sec­ond voter’s bal­lot, Mr. Er­doğan’s le­git­i­macy as the Prime Min­is­ter of Turkey is in­dis­putable. Need­less to say that is also valid for the Kur­dish con­stituency of Turkey as well.

On the other hand, in our na­tion Turks and Kurds live to­gether and not side by side as two sep­a­rate en­ti­ties. This very same har­mony is nat­u­rally rep­re­sented in the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Turkey (our par­lia­ment) as well as in the Cab­i­net. Just to give an idea to the reader, there are many Min­is­ters and maybe more than a hun­dred Mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment of Kur­dish de­scent.

Fur­ther­more, the ro­bustly de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions be­tween Er­bil and Ankara re­flect a durable and all-en­com­pass­ing strat­egy and not merely an eco­nomic part­ner­ship as sug­gested in the above­men­tioned let­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, Mr. Malla’s let­ter, nei­ther with its con­tent nor with its style re­flects the re­al­ity on the ground and most def­i­nitely lacks sin­cer­ity.

I kindly in­vite Kur­dish Globe ed­i­to­rial board to adopt a fairer ap­proach from now on to Turkey’s pol­icy to­wards KRG in par­tic­u­lar and Turk­ish-Kur­dish brother­hood in gen­eral. Hence, one can be on the right side of his­tory.

Many thanks and best re­gards,

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