Ankara plans to make use of all choices from economic sanctions to military measures to counter the Kurdish transfer
Hours earlier than the outcomes of the Kurdish referendum have been to be introduced, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, issued a stern warning to the Kurdish regional authorities in Iraq. The area, in accordance with him, would quickly be enveloped within the flames of an “ethnic warfare” if the push for full independence was not withdrawn. That is in step with Ankara’s standpoint in addition to that of Iran and Iraq on the difficulty of an unbiased Kurdish state — or three out of the 4 nations’ border areas that the Kurds are sandwiched between.
Such territorial oppression, coupled with inner strife, has disadvantaged the Kurds of autonomy for hundreds of years. Turkey has bitter reminiscences of the uprisings that the Kurdish individuals carried out towards it between 1925 and 1935. This in flip restricted each the territorial ambitions and overseas coverage of Turkey. On the coronary heart of its opposition to Kurdish statehood, nevertheless, is the actual worry that its personal sizeable Kurdish inhabitants would act up if the Iraq vote is endorsed universally.
In the meanwhile, Erdogan is assured that no nation, aside from Israel, would help the transfer. His confidence appears a bit misplaced as a result of although the Syrian authorities has opposed the Iraq vote, it has already signalled its willingness to debate autonomy for ethnic Kurds in Syria. Damascus in fact is motivated by the lead position performed by Syrian Kurds within the wrestle towards Islamic State militants.
Ankara plans to make use of all choices from financial sanctions to army measures to counter the Kurdish transfer. Floor troops and airspace and border closures are a part of the measures being thought-about. Iraq can also be alarmed on the prospect. Lawmakers have referred to as for the deployment of troops in northern Iraq to keep off challenges to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq. At this stage Baghdad must train excessive warning in coping with the referendum disaster.
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, September 27th, 2017.
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