Barzani’s his­toric visit to Di­yarbakir

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Leyla Zana, the Kur­dish politi­cian from Di­yarbakir who sits in the Turk­ish Par­lia­ment, de­scribes the visit of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani to her city as a his­toric event. She calls on the whole Kur­dish peo­ple to sup­port Barzani in his mis­sion to the city.

“Barzani’s visit to Di­yarbakir is cru­cial and mean­ing­ful. Of course, it is a sig­nif­i­cant and his­toric event,” said Zana, who hopes the visit will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on both the Kur­dish ques­tion and peace process.

“No one should con­sider the Kur­dish is­sues as mi­nor. The Kurds have to be­come ac­quainted with one another, in­stead of op­pos­ing each other,” she noted.

She also de­nied that the pur­pose of the visit is to kick off the elec­tion cam­paign for Prime Min­is­ter Er­do­gan’s Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP). She is con­vinced the visit is de­signed to pro­mote the peace process.

Mas­soud Barzani and the cel­e­brated Kur­dish singer, Si­van Per­wer, passed through the Habur Bor­der Gate into Tur­key’s south­east­ern Sir­nak prov­ince early on Satur­day. Barzani was in­vited to Di­yarbakır by Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan some time ago.

A big crowd rushed into the streets to wel­come Barzani and Per­wer as they headed for their ho­tel.

Per­wer, who has been in vol­un­tary ex­ile since flee­ing Tur­key in 1976, will give a joint con­cert with Ibrahim Tatlises in Di­yarbakir. When asked how it felt to be back in Tur­key, Per­wer said that he felt quite nor­mal and ready to serve the peace process in Tur­key. Speak­ing in front of thou­sands, he said that the as­sim­i­la­tion process in Tur­key had ended and the era of peace and friend­ship had be­gun.

He later went on to sing a duet with Ibrahim Tatlises af­ter they both thanked Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan for his ef­forts in achieve peace be­tween the Turks and the Kurds.

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