Premier Barzani receives Beshkchi
Ismael Beshkchi pays tribute to the recent political and cultural development between Turkey and Kurdistan. He additionally speaks highly of the religious and peaceful coexistence of the nations in Kurdistan.
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani very warmly received the old friend of the Kurds, the Turkish wellknown historian and writer, Ismael Beshkchi, in Erbil, on 4 June, 2014.
At the meeting, Premier Barzani expressed his delight for his visit to Kurdistan, congratulating him for taking an honorary PHD degree from Salahaddin University and naming a hall in Sulaimani University in Beshekchi’s name. Barzani wished him a long and healthy life.
On his part, Beshkchi explained the significance of his trip to the Kurdistan Region and said that he visited the districts of Akre, Amedi, Barzan, Choman and Hajji Omran.
He also showed his happiness by visiting the place where the Kurdish leadership started the Kurdish Liberation movement during the Aylul (September)Revolution in Balakayati area.
Beshkchi expressed his pleasure about the political and environmental development taking place in Kurdistan, eulogizing the Kurdish government and the people for protecting the environment and the wild areas.
He shed light on the days when he got to know about the Kurdish nation and the Kurdish land [Kurdistan], dated back around 50 years.
Moreover, the Turkish writer considered the recent political and cultural development between Turkey and Kurdistan as “imperative”.
Beshkchi commended too the coexistence of the different religions and nations in Kurdistan.
In the meeting, PM Barzani talked about the valuable works of Beshkchi and the Beshekchi Institution in Ankara. Barzani made a decision to translate all of his work from Turkish into Kurdish.
In addition, Barzani decided to open a branch of the Beshkchi Institution in Erbil, stressing that it would turn into a leading cultural centre in Kurdistan so that his name will remain alive for the next Kurdish generation as a close friend of the Kurds.
"In the eyes of many Kurds he has acquired almost su- per-human qualities, as the only Turk who has never abandoned them and who has, at great risk to himself, always stood up for them and single-handedly challenged an oppressive and brutal state," Martin van Bruinessen wrote in his research about Beshekchi.
Ismail Beshekchi, born in 1939 in İskilip, Turkey, is a scholar. He is a PEN Honorary Member. He has served 17 years in prison on propaganda (trumped up) charges stemming from his writings about the Kurdish population in Turkey.
"The odyssey of Beşikçi's encounters with Turkey's legal system shows, more eloquently than any abstract political or legal analysis could, what is wrong with the system. It demonstrates effectively how the officially proclaimed human rights and democratic values become null and void when it comes to the Kurdish question," Bruinessen said about him.