Chang­ing the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment of Kur­dis­tan or di­vid­ing it fur­ther?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Last week, one of the lead­ers of the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK), Du­ran Kalkan, on (Med News) chan­nel, called for di­vid­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion into sev­eral pieces; shed crocodile tears for Ezi­die Kurds; and at­tacked a cer­tain of­fi­cial po­lit­i­cal party. Th­ese re­marks came at a time some po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­tend to turn Shin­gal into a Can­ton sep­a­rated from Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. They try to ex­ploit the catas­tro­phes in Shin­gal area as a po­lit­i­cal card to get armed and gain power to stand against and op­pose the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party.

As an un­ex­pected bomb, Kalkan’s re­marks went off amid all the prob­lems, dis­agree­ments and the on­go­ing of the fierce war against the IS. Why does Kalkan want to change the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment of Kur­dis­tan? What author­ity and right does he have to do so? Kalkan is a per­son who’s fac­ing charges of ter­ror­ism in Ger­many, can’t speak Kur­dish, and is one of the lead­ers of the PKK whose bat­tle­field should be in Turkey not any­where else. How can he give him­self the right to in­ter­vene the do­mes­tic af­fairs of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion? Or why does he want to use the suf­fer­ings and catas­tro­phes of Ezi­dies to gain a po­lit­i­cal point. This is the ex­ten­sion of poli­cies of Kur­dis­tan’s oc­cu­piers, who do what­ever in their power to divide and weaken peo­ple’s de­ter­mi­na­tion. Th­ese ques­tions are part of the sin­is­ter plots which are mas­ter­minded against Kur­dis­tan Re­gion by ob­vi­ous pow­ers in the area and some even in­side Kur­dis­tan Re­gion as well.

In­stead of de­fend­ing the Ezi­die Kurds, Kalkan wants to di­min­ish the ef­fects of geno­cide against the Ezi­dies. He tries to turn it into an in­ter­nal mat­ter through which he in­tends to turn on the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, which is the ma­jor power in the area and the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion maker of Kur­dis­tan. Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani and the KRG have the po­si­tion of author­ity to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of this Re­gion, not some peo­ple who put all their ef­forts to po­lit­i­cally weaken the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The ones who have the le­git­i­mate author­ity to make de­ci­sions about the gov­ern­ing sys­tem of Kur­dis­tan are those par­ties who’ve been sac­ri­fic­ing for decades thou­sands of their mem­bers to re­al­ize peo­ple's dreams to achieve free­dom for the Kur­dish. More­over, to move for­wards to es­tab­lish bet­ter and pro­duc­tive re­la­tions with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. Du­ran Kalakn's re­marks im­ply open­ing of an­other se­ri­ous and op­pos­ing front against the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

But still this is not se­ri­ous enough. What is more fright­en­ing is that the poi­sonous opin­ions are sup­ported by some par­ties in­side the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in or­der to take po­lit­i­cal re­venge. If we took a closer look at it, a while ago the PKK sug­gested es­tab­lish­ing can­tons in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. We know the fact that PKK's main task is to strug­gle in Turkey not in­ter­fer­ing with what is go­ing on here. Kur­dis­tan has helped PKK in var­i­ous ways: mil­i­tary bases are opened for them; they’re claimed as the freema­sons and he­roes of counter-IS war. But in­stead of ap­pre­ci­a­tion they try to di­min­ish the role of KDP and the lead­er­ship of this party. We don’t mean any­one to be ac­cused in th­ese events, but the me­dia cam­paign, mil­i­tary skir­mishes, and the ex­is­tence of some il­le­gal forces in some ar­eas of Kur­dis­tan make the doubts even clearer to feel.

Kur­dis­tan is cur­rently in need of re­gain­ing the dis­puted ar­eas. It needs unity of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and a uni­fied dis­course across the Great Kur­dis­tan. We need a cru­cial cen­ter for po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions. Peo­ple such as (Du­ran Kalkan) or any other one who is chas­ing the mi­rage of deep­en­ing the in­ter­nal prob­lems in Kur­dis­tan swim against the tide. Such chaos ceases at the foot of moun­tains of Kur­dis­tan as the enemies and oc­cu­piers did be­fore. Now, it is time for ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party and group to do their best to co­op­er­ate, in­stead of sep­a­rate, and re­al­ize the long-awaited dream of the Kur­dish peo­ple. The mat­ter is ur­gent in­deed.

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