Kurdish National Conference to begin on September 15
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.