Sunday, January 15, 2006

Elçi: Kurds not after ‘trivial’ rights; want ‘their share’ in administration

The veteran ethnic Kurdish politician says after Iraq becomes a federal country, the Kurds of Turkey will also demand 'their share' in governance of the country

Iraq becoming a federal country “in conformity with the historical and ethnic structure of the land and the international understanding” and the Kurdish population of that country obtaining their share in the administration will reflect on the entire geography, particularly on Turkey, where a substantial portion of the Kurds live, a senior ethnic Kurdish politician has said.

He said Kurds will no longer be satisfied with “trivial rights” but will demand their share in the governance of the country.

In an interview with the Turkish Daily News, Şerafettin Elçi, a former minister who has been engaged in efforts to set up a new “Kurdish” party this year, said developments in Iraq have shown that federalism is the best administrative system for multi-nation countries. He said the new Iraqi constitution was “exemplary” for all states of the region because it will reflect on all countries of the area, particularly Turkey, where the most Kurds live.

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