Barzani’s historic visit to Diyarbakir
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.