Kur­dish Na­tional Con­fer­ence to be­gin on Septem­ber 15

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey has caused con­ster­na­tion in some of these coun­tries.

The Kur­dish peo­ple are one the largest eth­nic groups in the world with­out a home­land of their own, and Kur­dish peo­ple liv­ing in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey share a lan­guage, cul­ture and eth­nic­ity. For many, the idea of a na­tion of their own, of a greater Kur­dis­tan, is some­thing to strive for; in fact, it is one of the sor­est points of con­flicts be­tween mil­i­tant Kur­dish fighters who be­lieve in that dream and the govern­ments of the var­i­ous coun­tries in which they live. The Kur­dish Na­tional Con­fer­ence will gather par­ties from the four parts of the re­gion that many Kurds like to call “greater Kur­dis­tan”.

Kurds al­ready call the semi-au­ton­o­mous re­gion of Iraqi Kur­dis­tan, where the con­fer­ence will be held, “south­ern Kur­dis­tan”. The ar­eas in which the ma­jor­ity of the Kurds in Turkey, Iran and Syria live are known as north­ern, eastern and western Kur­dis­tan re­spec­tively. So de­spite Kur­dish de­nials that they want to split from any of their cur­rent home­lands, it is no won­der that a con­fer­ence like this is caus­ing some con­cern.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives and lead­ers of 39 Kur­dish par­ties from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey on July 25 to dis­cuss the Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

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