“I wouldn’t hesitate to call every territory where Kurds live Kurdistan. I myself am Kurdish as well and I live there,” AKP candidate Galip Ensarioglu said late on Tuesday during an aired interview by the daily broadcaster CNN-Turk.
However, he asserted his remarks are not aimed to imply the necessity of the existence of a sovereign Kurdistan state.
“The phrase ‘Turkish Kurdistan’ might be interpreted differently. Connotations that the four parts [where Kurds live – in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria] will unite in the future and a sovereign state will be established are intentionally provoked by some people. But the name of the territory where Kurds live in Turkey is Kurdistan,” he stressed.
He added Iraq and Iran constitutionally define the territories where their Kurdish citizens live in as Kurdistan and there is no problem with that.
Current Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir has used the phrase “Turkish Kurdistan” on the same TV program.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the term “Kurdistan” to define the territory during a joint rally with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Massoud Barzani November 16, in apparent defiance against criticism from ultranationalists to his approach and language.
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