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PKK, PJAK should be delisted from Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) - By Baqi Barzani

Kurdish tussle for self-rule, democracy, human rights antecedes the collapse of Ottoman Empire, Iranian Islamic Revolution and Saddam's regime dissolution.

Formerly, in very part of Kurdistan, every now and then, uprisings crystallized, resisted for a spell, and eventually under duress were overpowered by dictators or military rulers.

Nevertheless, such hurdles never succeeded in undermining public firm determination to prolong campaigning for their national identity recognition, their consistent pursuit for equal cultural and political rights, social and economic equality; but in contrast, it led to the blossoming of more resistance movements, more invigorated than the previous time, each time.

At present, such is the enduring case with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey, and The Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) in Iran.

The world has often-times misperceived such resistance forces and failed to differentiate them with actual terrorist groups.  Groups, parties, organizations, and peoples that have no other alternatives but to resort to armed struggle in order to protect themselves from inflicted perpetration of the most hideous genocides, mass murders, and deliberate state eradication schemes. Something that is incomparable and inexpressible in the history of mankind and humanity.

In the elongated millennium chronicle of Kurds and Kurdistan, there has been no modification to the Kurdish culture of racial, religious and ethnic tolerance, pluralistic and congruous co-existence, generosity and exaltation for peace.

Every Kurdish political group constantly chants peace and democracy, condemns hostilities and stridently proclaims their conviction in resolving today's contempo predicaments through dialogue and logics.

Unceasing repression, marginalization, discrimination and most responsibly, the world negligence toward the sufferings of the Kurds, prodded some political parties to stand up unassisted for their own rights. In spite of this, Kurdish movements explicitly continued and continue to denounce any act of committing violence.

Iran, Turkey and Syria, continue to negate Kurdish rights and commit ethnic-cleansing against peace-seeking and peace-adoring Kurdish nation in the height of respect and recognition for principles of Human Rights.

Being imposed conflicts and specifically after realizing that the aggressor states have no intention to participate in the peace process at all, the Kurds in Iran and Turkey resumed their armed struggles against tyranny and dictatorship. Kurdish militant actions have been only directed against aggressor regimes, not the United States, her allies or interests worldwide.

Washington's decision to incorporate Kurdish political parties in the terror list lacks sufficient established evidence and consideration of realities. To placate Turkish and Iranian regimes, Kurds should not be exploited as bargaining chips for political motives.    

The international community and the US government should espouse the Kurds in their legitimate pursuit for self-determination and democracy. The Kurds are fighting a set of common extremist terrorist enemies to the United States as well as to the global order and stability.

The EU, UN, NATO and US state department should review their designation of PKK and PJAK, and delist the groups from Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).

Delisting Kurdish political parities will serve US national security interests and further cement alliance between Washington and the Kurdish nation.


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