Jeremy Corbyn at the Kurdish Community Center in London / Erem Kansoy

16/09/2016 - 14:24 0
'Kurds' Right to Self Determination Must be Recognised': Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a meeting in London yesterday and said that the Kurdish people's right to self-determination needed to be recognised.

The meeting, organised by the British Kurdish People's Assembly was attended by many people from Kurdistan and Turkey, and moderated by Kate Osamor, Labour & Coop MP for Edmonton, Northern London.

Commenting on the Kurdish question Corbyn stated, “I have always said, if there will be a peace process and solution, Öcalan must be free and at the table. We will continue working for this.

"The Trade Union Congress, the umbrella organisation of all unions in the UK made a very important decision in this regard. A huge campaign is being run for the freedom of the Kurdish people and Öcalan. This is a significant development."

'Kurdish people's rights must be recognised'

Commenting on the ongoing war in the Middle East, Corbyn recalled that hundreds of thousands have died and millions of others have been forcibly displaced.

"A political solution must be found to end the Syrian war. The Syrian peoples' rights must be assured and the rights of the Kurdish people must be recognised.

"I have been following Kurds closely for years, I know their history. Their identity was rejected as of the 1920's. Their national rights were denied and rejected with the Sykes–Picot Agreement and other conventions led by international powers that have their eyes on those lands. Today, we are still facing with the problems caused by these agreements.

"Kurds have always been denied up to date. If peace is wanted in the region, the Kurdish people's right to self-determination must be accepted. Our main motto on this subject is 'peace, human rights, justice and democracy'.

I have been to Kurdistan many times and witnessed the injustices there personally. On this matter, the British government must base its foreign policy on human rights, and make efforts serving the peoples' cultural and political rights and self-government."

Source: ANF