Pesh­merge Dis­solve Sykes-Pi­cot Bor­ders

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

After the tri­lat­eral agree­ment be­tween the USA, Turkey and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Turkey agreed to let Pesh­merge cross its bor­der into Kobane. This is not only break­ing the ice of Turkey’s stances over PYD and Kobane, but also break­ing up the hun­dred-year-old bor­der that SykesPi­cot drew. The ar­riv­ing of the first group of Pesh­merge to Kobane on Oc­to­ber 30, 2014 and the warm wel­come they re­ceived from Kurds in North­ern Kur­dis­tan are clear ev­i­dence to the logic of the po­lit­i­cal route of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion for uni­fy­ing Kurds and bring­ing them closer. The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment hasn’t even been asked as this armed force cross­ing its bor­der.

Salih Al-Qalab, an Arab colum­nist in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat calls on the Arab coun­tries to ad­mit to the re­al­ity of Kurds and asks them to con­trib­ute in es­tab­lish­ing a state for their (friend) na­tion. Prac­ti­cally, Kurds want to be a pos­i­tive and friendly force with the neigh­bor­ing na­tions. This has al­ways been the Kurds’ view and stance. Even with the cur­rent Iraqi gov­ern­ment, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship wants to be friendly while declar­ing the state of Kur­dis­tan in­de­pen­dent. The Kurds con­sider the ap­proval of Bagh­dad as an im­por­tant is­sue. While the Arab states in fact con­sider tak­ing any step in this di­rec­tion would mean swal­low­ing poi­son.

So far, Kurds play the de­ci­sive and ma­jor role in tak­ing part in strik­ing ISIS. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship has also been an ef­fec­tive cen­ter of re­draw­ing the fu­ture of the area, though nei­ther the Arab states nor Iran and Turkey want to agree with the new po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity with a strong Kur­dish pres­ence. And of course they can­not ac­cept the ex­is­tence of a Kur­dish state. On the other hand, Mas­soud Barzani as a na­tional leader of Kur­dis­tan is mak­ing ef­forts to re­al­ize this old dream of the Kur­dish na­tion. We should bear in mind that Nuri Al-Ma­liki desperately asked for help from the US and its al­lies to support him con­fronting ISIS in Mo­sul, but he was ig­nored. The Pales­tini­ans in Gaza could not ex­ploit world’s pub­lic opin­ion in their fa­vor, the Ye­me­nis and Libyans also are in big trou­ble, but the de­vel­op­ment in Kur­dis­tan is quite dif­fer­ent. The US and the Euro­peans were con­vinced to form a new in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against ISIS. They con­se­quently pro­vided the po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary support to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Pesh­merge were wel­comed warmly in North­ern Kur­dis­tan as na­tional he­roes. Pesh­merge in Kobane is strength­en­ing the na­tional spirit and the po­lit­i­cal unity of the Kurds. The Kur­dish armed forces now have an in­ter­na­tional support; they are a rec­og­nized and well-equipped army. Now, the Kurds are able to dis­solve Sykes-Pi­cot bor­ders and en­ter another coun­try to fight and pro­vide support for their brothers. This is the be­gin­ning of great changes in the area. Kurds should take ad­van­tage of this rare his­toric op­por­tu­nity. The Kurds should be united, con­scious and own one pol­icy.

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