Merkel’s undue concern over Turkish stand on Kurds
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.