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 Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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