Opening of Five More Border Crossings with Turkey Leads Kurdistan Further to Independence
During his visit to the city of Van, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) his Excellency Nechirvan Barzani signed an agreement with the neighboring country Turkey to open five new border crossings to enhance and develop commerce and tourism between the two sides.
For this purpose, a delegation from the KRG was sent by the Prime Minister before two days to “Shrnax” city to make preparations for the openings of the five crossings as soon as possible. According to the economists, the opening of new customs is clear evidence that shows that Turkey understands the significance of the Kurdish region. Therefore, the opening of the crossings is considered as positive steps towards further economic and political development between Kurdistan and Turkey. In addition, the Kurdistan region tries to knock at the doors of Europe through Turkey. Tighter relations with Turkey facilitate these efforts.
Dr. Loqman Muhammad, Vice President of the University of Duhok, states that the opening of many more international border crossings with Turkey is of critical importance to develop the region's economy. As we may all know, his Excellency Nechirvan Barzani, has always initiated decisive steps towards the improvement and prosperity of the economy of the Kurdistan region. This is partially due to the fact that the Turkish government now strongly relies on the region's economy. His Excellency's efforts are to be appreciated for taking major steps to make the region flourish. Dr. Muhammad also reveals that these border points are not only vital for the Kurdish region, but for Iraq and its neighbors as well. Hopefully, this will lead Kurdistan towards independence and creation of a nation state.
Dr. Lazgin A. Jamil, President of the University of Zakho, spoke to the "Halwer" newspaper and said that the (KRG) economically has taken unprecedented steps. Undoubtedly, good relations with neighboring countries, especially Turkey, is vital and necessary for the Kurdish Region. Through Turkey Kurdistan comes closer to Europe. The opening of these new customs shows that the relationship between Kurdistan and Turkey is improving and developing day by day not only economically, but in other areas as well, particularly since the President Massoud Barzani and the Prime Minister of KRG have played significant roles in the process of the peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey. Large oil and gas reserves in Kurdistan is another incentive that encouraged both countries to establish constructive mutual relations. Dr. Jamil further adds that these border crossings are a source of income for the local people too.
Kawa Abdul-Aziz, an economist, says that opening of new customs between two countries serves two purposes: firstly, it strengthens the political relationship and, secondly, it will boost the economy of both sides. Furthermore, the Kurdistan Regional Government wants to open up a new page regarding its relations, which are based on mutual interests, with other countries in particular Turkey, which enjoys a strategic position in the region.
The opening of these five new crossings shows that Turkey has changed its strategy regarding the Kurdistan region. In the past, Turkey did every possible thing to oppose the Kurdish. Now, however, it tries to establish normal relations with them. And the opening of these new customs is tangible evidence that accentuates the fact that Turkey looks at the Kurdistan region with greater significance and interest.