There is no single Kurdish nation:
Garnik Asatryan, Armenian expert in Kurdish studies.
Photo: Pan Armenian
April 14, 2012
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YEREVAN, Armenia, — There is no
single Kurdish nation; there are separate Kurdish
tribes, Armenian expert in Kurdish studies said.
As Garnik Asatryan told a press conference, Turkish
and Iraqi Kurds differ from one another due to
difference in languages, thus making the unification
of Kurds quite a problematic issue, Pan Armenian
“The U.S. has invested significant resources in
Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey, acknowledging it, continues
implementation of ousting Kurdish movement leaders
from Turkey to Iraq, where tensions between the
Iraqi and Turkish Kurds escalate,” the expert said,
adding that the Kurdish population in Iraq totals
about 4 mln., with 3-3,5 Kurds residing in Iran, 2
mln. in Syria and about 8-9 in Turkey.
[Ekurd.net editors' note]: Over 20 million Kurds
live in Turkey (northern Kurdistan). Estimated to
over 12 million Kurds who live in Iran (Eastern
Kurdistan). Nearly 3 million Kurds live in Syria
(Western Kurdistan). 4 million Kurds live in Iraq
Turkey won't allow a
Kurdish state in its territory
Expert in Iranian and Kurdish studies Garnik
Asatryan said that Kurds have prerequisites to
establish their state, but these statements are
sparked by U.S. “Turkey will not allow creation of a
Kurdish state in its territory,” he told a press
conference on April 14.
“An idea to organize a referendum to withdraw from
Iraq emerged recently in northern Iraq inhabited by
Kurds. U.S. active policy pursued in Kurdistan is
quite noticeable, and one can easily guess that they
are pushing the Kurds towards liberation,” the
“In case they manage to establish an independent
Kurdish state in Iraq, this will cause a chain
reaction in Turkey, Syria and Iran. For their part,
these countries may respond with relevant moves,
making every effort for prevention of separatist
tendencies,” Asatryan said.
“Most likely, these countries will resort to force,
as was the case in northern Syria or Turkish-Iraqi
border,” the expert concluded.
Levon Shirinyan, Armenian political analyst.
Several external forces
aim to divide Iraq
Several external forces aim to divide Iraq, Armenian
political analyst said.
As Levon Shirinyan told a press conference, former
President of Iraq Saddam Hussein turned Baghdad into
a city of universities, trying to establish the most
powerful scientific and technical base in the
“One of reasons to attack Iraq was the U.S. attempt
to deter strengthening of the country. Both Israel
and the U.S. pursued the same goal. Israel’s
strategy was initially aimed at weakening all the
countries of the region through organization of
coups, revolutions and civil wars,” the expert said.
He further noted that groups studying the Kurdish
issue and extending necessary assistance to
Kurdistan currently operate in Israel.
Kurdish elite brings about
Struggle to independence has already been launched
by Iraqi Kurdistan, according to Levon Shirinyan.
In conversation with a Panarmenian reporter, Levon
Shirinyan noted that political elite has already
been formed in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan),www.ekurd.net
which automatically results in attempts to break
away from the central authorities.
“The people of Kurdistan are ‘armed to teeth’,” the
expert said, deeming formation of a Kurdish
statehood quite possible in near future in case of a
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