Kurds Feeling Armenia’s Pulse

Naira Hayrumyan, Political Commentator, Lragir.am, 4 November 2014

The indifference of official Yerevan to developments in the Middle East is embarrassing. It is possible that the ministry of foreign affairs is conducting a non-public diplomacy but hardly ten people can be found who can realize the risks. Even membership to the Eurasian Union cannot secure Armenia from what is happening in the region. First, very few people believe in the future of the Eurasian Union. Second, Armenia may appear unintentionally in the bottom of these developments on the initiative of the very actors of these developments.

Naira Hayrumyan, Political Commentator, Lragir.am, 4 November 2014

The indifference of official Yerevan to developments in the Middle East is embarrassing. It is possible that the ministry of foreign affairs is conducting a non-public diplomacy but hardly ten people can be found who can realize the risks. Even membership to the Eurasian Union cannot secure Armenia from what is happening in the region. First, very few people believe in the future of the Eurasian Union. Second, Armenia may appear unintentionally in the bottom of these developments on the initiative of the very actors of these developments.

While recently visiting Yerevan, the ex-mayor of Diyarbekir and Kurdish political activist Osman Baydemir met with the Kurds of Armenia and made a number of significant statements. They can be his personal observations, but it is more likely that Baydemir is an “emissary” who is trying to feel the pulse of Armenia.

While the creation of a Kurdish state is gradually becoming reality, in Armenia people know very little about the ambitions of the founders of the Kurdish state. Judging by some statements, Armenia is being considered part of the “Kurdish” space. For example, Baydemir suggests: “Armenia, Kurdistan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Israel must create something like the European Union.”

Besides, the Kurdish activist announced that Kurds must recognize the genocide of Armenians, assist the Armenians to achieve compensation and return to their former homes. In brief, things are proposed which do not seem realistic while Kurds are seeking for “allies”, “neighbors” and “enemies”.

The Armenian organizations of the Diaspora have announced that next spring the package of Armenian legal claims from Turkey. The Armenians may apply to the international court. The process which also contains claims to real estate in Western Armenia will inevitably affect the interests of Kurds. The Armenian lawyers and politicians must have liaised with Kurds because they will have to deal with these matters soon.

Baydemir has announced that Turkey is perpetrating a genocide of Kurds not only on its territory but also in Syria and Iraq. He says Turkey is supporting the terrorists of the Islamic State. The Kurdish activist is calling Armenians to condemn the genocides of Kurds, Kurd-Yezidis and Kurd-Alevis. As a first step, Baydemir has visited the memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

It is not known which Armenian diplomats Baydemir met but obviously the Kurds will continue to try to come to terms with Armenians. Will Armenian diplomacy rely solely on the opinion of the Russian ministry of foreign affairs?

 

3 comments
  1. Kurds’ Visit to Armenia

    Although the article narrates the visit of Kurdish personalities to Armenia, it intends to attack the current authorities and the Eurasian Economic Union to which Armenia is a recent member. The issue of Eurasian Union has nothing to do with the visit of the Kurds. "Lragir" and the author of this article appear to be financed by Western sources just to denigrate Russia and the Eurasian project by all means and to instill among Armenians of Armenia and Diaspora a negative attitude towards Russia and this project. They seem to be part of the Western financed fifth column in Armenia. Therefore, I consider the article disinformation from which readers should keep their distance.

  2. Kurds Feeling Armenia’s Pulse

    I see no misinformation in this article. It is time Armenians show deference to the Kurds. As it is said, "my enemies' enemy" is my friend. Turks seem to hate Armenians and Kurds with the same passion.
    Time we pulled our efforts together, against  a common enemy.

  3. I would think Baydemir or the like are ¨Emissaries”

    Long ago while I lived in Spain (near 24 yrs). Turks had sent to Madrid "emissaries" who had published  in one of the prestigious newspapers an article entitled "Future autonomous Kurdistan" and next to it a map that showed Yerevan within that hypothetical Kurdistan.

    I immediately wrote an  article -short at that-to the point that Armenia forms part of the USSR and believe you me it would be very tough to dispute territories from USSR, adding that it is  a Republic since 1918; it is in my book. So it is no news for those who follow  what   great Turkey is churning up  every now and then. A couple of days ago on Panarmenian.net  they had again raised same issue in another fashion, i.e. Kurdistan will be comprised  of Yezidis, some 800,00 in all, Assyrians  twice more and Ermenis….hoping  in their twisted  minds.  Like my Persian diplomat  once mentioned, "people are  NOT donkeys…"

    What they will not do! to evade the avalanche  that  is coming  this next Commemoration day of the 100th Anniversary of the Genocide they perpetrated  on us and and now wish to wash their hands clean, their bloody hands …Democratic Germany (heir to the Nazi  Germany)  PAID FOR   BLOOD SHED. We must  follow  same path and demand  BLOOD  MONEY…lands are there, they will not pull the disappearing act.

    WE will negotiate with Kurds, if so they desire;  not "emissaries" in Brussels where their Parliament in exile  is and …..we´ll see.

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