Under the slogan of “With the purpose of the promotion of national dialogue and reconciliation” the 18th general assembly of the Kurdistan National Congress convened. Other than the KNK’s members and directors a bulk of guests were also in attendance. In general, the regional and international problems and their consequences over the Kurdistanian case were thoroughly discussed. It was emphasised that the obvious problem of our time is lack of national harmony. Within the national dynamics unwilling dialogue is taking place. Although there is not a physical confrontation between the political forces, which is promising, there is no hope for national reconciliation. This has turned into a source of serious concern for different layers of the Kurdistanian people. Before anything, this negative atmosphere should be overcome. Instead, an environment of hope should be created. With the construction of a healthy and peace-promoting environment national harmony and reconciliation will be guaranteed.
In the national and patriotic struggle for the achievement of the legitimate rights of the Kurdistanian people many sacrifices have been made. As a result of these sacrifices great accomplishments have been realised. In the same time, there is possibility for great loss. In general, there is honour and pride, yet there are developments which cause concern. In the protracted struggles, individuals are likely to deviate from the main dynamics or even commit guilt. Unfortunately, the Kurds themselves have crossed the red lines and violated the principles of Kurdishness and patriotism. Despite this, we, as the KNK, do not define these mistakes as such and do not suggest them either. That is why the Kurds and the Kurdistanian people should put forward their own project to counteract the conducts of the occupying enemies; the enemies who have obviously strived to stifle the Kurdistanian legitimate cause. Due to this, the Kurds and Kurdistanian forerunners should not waste their power on hurting or denigrating one another. Instead, they should merge their capacities into a unified force against their enemies, rendering ineffective their perilous plans.
In the current stage, we face a huge risk. The colonialist states try to disrupt our achievements. Among them, Turkey and Iran have been acting very inimical manifested in their policies. In the military sphere, they have been in an offensive stance, killing people on large scales. Taking advantage of the lack of national unity among the Kurdistanian forces, the colonialist states have been pursuing the policy of removal and annihilation.
The events of the last two years show this. More or less, the Kurdistanian forces have been busy with weakening and denigrating one another. This in turn opens the way for the destructive pursuit of the enemies. That is why we urge this vacuum not to be exploited by the enemies. These diverging attitudes and disunity should be overcome and a national dialogue should be promoted with a view to the construction of reconciliation among the Kurdistanian forces. A promising dialogue should be established in order to promote a national compromise. In that case the enemies would not be able to interfere in our affairs.
For the cherished purpose of national reconciliation, a plan for multiple activities should be prepared. At the beginning, the political parties and institutions should interact with one another in order to thaw the ice between them and to improve their inter-party relations. Every single individual and institution should take national reconciliation as a principle and a strategy for their activities. In this process, it is important and necessary that national and patriotic consciousness be taken as a foundation.
At this stage, the convergence of the Kurdistanian political forces is of paramount importance. For the normalisation of their relations, national and holy events can be taken advantage of. For example, the political forces can in these events visit one another and engage themselves in joint initiatives. Moreover, they can participate in one another’s hardship. The KNK is ready to participate in any event that is serving national interests.
The KNK is loudly calling upon all political forces to set aside their differences and overcome the quarrels they have had in the past. Instead of incriminating one another, they should prepare the ground for materialisation of national reconciliation. Let’s not forget that to the extent the Kurds and other peoples in Kurdistan live in peace and harmony, to the same extent national unity will be formed.
In 2019, the KNK holds its 19th anniversary, thus entering into its 20 year of age. In this occasion, the KNK will mobilise all its resources to promote national dialogue and make possible the realisation of national reconciliation.
It has been 20 years that the PKK leader, Mr. Abdullah Ocalan, has been imprisoned by the Turkish state. Since 2015, all his previous connecting lines to the people have been cut and he has been forced into a complete isolation. This act of the Turkish state is utterly unacceptable. For his freedom a constant effort should be put forward.
The 18th general assembly decided to organise two meetings in 2019 which marks the 20 anniversaries of Ocalan’s capture. The first one would be held in February and will be attended by representatives of national and patriotic political parties. The second will be held in June, to be attended by well-known national figures.
The KNK calls upon all Kurdistanian political parties and institutions as well as the people of Kurdistan to participate in and promote the campaign for the freedom of Ocalan.
In Turkey and Iran, the situation of Kurdistan is at its worst. Turkey has utterly pursued the strategy of annihilating the Kurds. Militarily, it has launched an air and ground operation against the Kurds. Politically, it has closed all doors to civil activism, imprisoning thousands of political activists.
In this respect, Iran is not falling behind Turkey. The Islamic Republic has in East Kurdistan devastated the ordinary life. It is conducting all inhumane deeds, above which stands the practice of execution. Despite pursing oppressive policies in East Kurdistan, it has conducted cross-border air raid into South Kurdistan, i.e., the one it launched in Koye against the Kurdish revolutionaries.
Such offensive attitudes by the occupying powers of Kurdistan is not acceptable. We as the KNK strongly denounce such policies. At the same time, we call upon the Turkish and Iranian leaderships to put an end to such inimical approach, and open the door for dialogue with the Kurdish representatives in order to arrive at a viable settlement to the Kurdish problem. A peaceful relation with the Kurds would result in peace, security and stability in both Turkey and Iran.
The KNK calls upon the Baghdad government to be just with the people of Kurdistan and secure them with their rights as stipulated by the constitution of federal Iraq. Also, the KNK calls upon the Syrian regime to acknowledge the political status of the Kurdistanian people and deal with them on the basis of freedom, equality, peace and justice.
The European Union (EU) in general and Germany in particular should acknowledge that a sizable Kurdish community do exist in Europe. Unfortunately, the EU’s attitude towards the Kurdistanian cause is not very clear, open and friendly. They deal with it via their narrow self-interest, which is not ethical. Of course, they have interests in maintaining relations with Turkey and Iran, which the Kurds respect. But in regard to human rights, freedom norms, justice and equality, they have not adopted a correct position. This is their shortcoming. The prohibition and criminalisation of the PKK in principle undermines the very existence of the EU, as such an approach serves the conservative and anti-democratic politics of Turkey in particular, and the Middle East in general.
The EU should be clear vis-à-vis its own principles. It should delist the PKK as soon as possible. The KNK hopes that the EU promote a friendly relationship with the Kurdish diasporic community in Europe as well as the Kurdistanian people and their leadership. It also hopes the EU considers as legitimate the cause of Kurdistanian people and support their cause.
The United States and Russia are experiencing a political, militaristic and technological competition. The Middle East has become the confrontation ground for these super-powers. Of the ancient peoples of this region is the Kurds. Huge injustice has been done to the Kurds. Turkey and Iran have been very destructive in South Kurdistan and West Kurdistan. The US and Russia are also in the region with great influence. As a result of this competition, the Kurds have in various respects been harmed. The KNK calls upon both super-powers not to scarifies the Kurds for their short-term interests and support the Kurdistan Freedom Movement.
The United Nations (UN) follows the development of the Middle East closely. Based on its own principles, it should support the liberationists and human right activists. In the region they live in the Kurd are faced with all sorts of injustice, exploitation and racism. In response, they have been struggling against this system whole-heartedly. For this reason, among others, the Kurds should have a representative in the UN. The KNK calls upon the UN to grant the Kurds a seat.
The majority of the Kurdistanian people are Muslim. Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria are members of the Islamic Cooperation Organisation (ICO), yet Turkey and Iran have been pursuing a savage politics against our people. This, according to Islamic norms, constitutes gave injustice. The Baghdad and Damascus governments, also, are inimical to the Kurds. The KNK calls upon the ICO not to drift away from the Kurdistan Freedom Movement. Contrarily, the ICO should associate with it closely and acknowledge the legitimate rights of the people of Kurdistan. It should, moreover, worn the Turkish, Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian states, urging them to put an end to their injustice politics in Kurdistan.
In their struggle for freedom, peace and equality, the people of Kurdistan have offered great sacrifices. Particularly, the Êzidî (Yezidi) people, who have ancient belief and for which they have experienced catastrophises. Conservative forces such as the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) mass murdered Êzidî Kurds taking their women and children as slaves. One of those women who was taken as sex slave was Ms. Nadiya Murad, who along Dr Denis Mukwege from Kongo received Noble Peace Prize. The KNK congratulates this prize to Nadiya Murad, seeing this prize as one to all Êzidî and Kurdish women. Also, the KNK extends its appreciation to Noble Committee for choosing an Êzidî Kurdish woman.
The mathematician Mr. Koçer Bîrkar from Merîwan received International Math Prize. The International Mathematical Union (IMU) saw as legitimate a Kurdish mathematician for John Charles Fields, which is equivalent to Nobel Prize. The KNK warmly congratulates Koçer Bîrkar and wishes him more success in his academic endeavours. It also thanks IMU for choosing him.
The KNK calls upon the people of Kurdistan to prioritise national peace and dialogue, not letting the occupiers of Kurdistan taking advantage of the internal discord.
The KNK do solemnly calls upon the Kurdish media and journalists to preserve freedom of thought, publish an objective and peace-seeking literature, develop a healthy culture of journalism, and particularly play a constructive role in the process of national reconciliation and the strengthening of national dialogue.
The KNK solemnly calls upon intellectuals, authors, and every single sympathetic individual as well as democratic institutions to play a positive role in the process of national and patriotic reconciliation and the strengthening of national dialogue.
The youth and women are the dynamic force of societies. The KNK calls upon the youth and women to become a voice of peace and national dialogue in all spheres of their lives, and to actively participate in the liberationist struggle.
The KNK calls upon all religious figures of Kurdistan to become the voice of peace and national dialogue in their religious discourse and prayers.
The KNK calls upon all political forces of Kurdistan to put politics in the service of their people and homeland. Against the occupiers they should work actively, and based on the principle of democratic competition they should develop themselves. The KNK appeals to avoid the use of harsh language or the efforts which is aimed at weakening one another. They should not act against one another and do not enter inimical confrontation. In this way, they would progress in national peace and dialogue and promote the democratic culture of pluralism.
There are different religious beliefs in Kurdistan including Yarsan, Êzidî, Elewî, Şiye, Sunî, Kakeyî, and Zerdeştî. Unfortunately, ancient Kurdish beliefs are under enormous persecution, which sometimes reaches the level of mass-killings. Each and every single Kurdistanian entity should be able to live in peace and freedom. In this way they can contribute to stability and the development of the Kurdistan Freedom Movement. The KNK calls upon all entities and establishments to help strengthen multiculturalism and pluralism, turning them into a foundation for the solidification of national peace and patriotic dialogue.
From ethnic side, Kurdistan is rich, being a home for several national groups. Assyrian, Chaldean, Armenian, Jew, Roman, Arab and Turkmen live side by side. They should enjoy equal rights to the Kurds and their destiny should be in their hands. In the process of national peace and patriotic dialogue these nations should make contribution. In the construction of a democratic culture they should also take part and play a positive and constructive role. The KNK values greatly their co-existence in Kurdistan and sees them as an important component of Kurdistan history and future.
The KNK respectfully calls upon the leadership of Başûr and Rojava to promote a warm and sympathetic relations among themselves; a one appropriate to the freedom struggle of the Kurdistanian people. They should form among themselves a practical mechanism for the promotion and solidification of national peace and dialogue. The KNK hopes and calls upon these two parts of Kurdistan to take initiative in the direction of a free and democratic Kurdistan.
The 18th general assembly of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)
26-28 October 2018