Merkel’s un­due con­cern over Turk­ish stand on Kurds

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

IN a strange move, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has re­port­edly ex pressed con­cern to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan over a law lift­ing im­mu­nity for MPs. Crit­ics be­lieve the law is to be used to evict proKur­dish politi­cians from Par­lia­ment.

This, to­gether with her state­ment that Tur­key must re­form its anti-ter­ror law, amounts to gross in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of a sov­er­eign coun­try. Con­trary to Western pro­pa­ganda, Kurds in Tur­key have been reap­ing ben­e­fits of democ­racy, which is re­flected in the fact that the pro-Kur­dish Peo­ples’ Demo­cratic Party (HDP) scored the high­est elec­toral achieve­ment in the his­tory of the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal move­ment in the last elec­tions. How­ever, Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) in­spired by the suc­cess of its sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion the Demo­cratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, is try­ing to repli­cate PYD tac­tics in the Kur­dish south­east of Tur­key. Turk­ish Govern­ment has re­peat­edly ex­pressed its de­sire to re­solve the is­sue through di­a­logue and dis­cus­sion but PKK’s strat­egy to turn Kur­dish cities, towns and neigh­bour­hoods into a bat­tle­ground ex­pect­edly in­vites a force­ful re­sponse from the govern­ment. The ea­ger­ness of the Turk­ish Govern­ment for peace is quite un­der­stand­able as it wants to fo­cus on eco­nomic devel­op­ment but some for­eign forces are pro­vid­ing sup­port to Kurds in a bid to cre­ate ob­sta­cles in the way of progress and devel­op­ment of the coun­try. As for the bill that Ms. Merkel is crit­i­ciz­ing, it was adopted by a huge ma­jor­ity — 376 MPs voted in favour in a Par­lia­ment of 550 — and be­ing a be­liever in democ­racy, Ger­many should re­spect the ver­dict of the Turk­ish rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Ev­ery na­tion is en­ti­tled to for­mu­late its in­ter­nal poli­cies and take mea­sures to tackle its prob­lems and chal­lenges and no for­eign coun­try has any right to in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of oth­ers. It is re­gret­table that some coun­tries of the West al­ways poke their nose in purely do­mes­tic af­fairs of oth­ers on dif­fer­ent pre­texts es­pe­cially hu­man rights when they them­selves are killing hu­man­ity else­where in the world in line with clash of civ­i­liza­tions the­ory.

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