Kurds & Kurdistan

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lördag, juli 29, 2006


By: Steve Menary

The breakaway republic of Northern Cyprus is set to host the first ever world cup for nations that don't exist. Recognised only by Turkey, which invaded the Mediterranean island in 1974, Northern Cyprus will host the 16-team Viva World Cup in November 2006.

The tournament is being organised by the New Federation Board, a new organisation set up by a group of Swiss, Belgians and French to cater for 'countries' outside of UEFA. With more than 90 pitches and a number of stadiums, the biggest holding 28,000 people, Northern Cyprus was given the right to host the tournament at an NF Board meeting in London in June, where the organisation's first 17 provisional members were elected.

Among their number are Somaliland, an unrecognised breakaway state in East Africa and a team representing the Sami (also knowna s Lapps), an indigenous people of 70,000 scattered across Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Russia.

Sami playing professionally include Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen and Leif Isak Nilut, President of the Norwegian-based Sami Football Association, wants to bring as many top players to Northern Cyprus as possible. He said: "We are not a problem with FIFA or Norway because we are not a state but four different countries."

The Sami will play in a warm-up tournament for the event in Northern Cyprus this autumn that will also feature Kosovo (not yet board members) and Monaco. The latter s a member of the United Nations but never pursued UEFA membership for fear of jeopardising AS Monaco's place in the French league.

Other provisional NF Board members include Tibet - annexed by China in 1949 - Zanzibar, which forms part of Tanzania but retains membership of the Confédération Africaine de Football, the Roma, a team representing Europe's gypsies, and Gibraltar, refused membership to UEFA after Spain threatened to pull out of European tournaments if the Rock's residents were allowed in.

The final NF Board member is a team from the Indian Ocean islands of the Chagos, whose population was cleared by the UK government in the early 1970s to make away for a US Airforce base and dumped in Mauritius and the Seychelles. After belatedly being granted leave to work in the UK, around 200 Chagos, mainly men, arrived at Gatwick Airport last year and are organising a team.

Football representatives from Kurdistan in northern Iraq attended the NF Board meeting along with a member of Chechnya's national team, which is culled mostly from exiles in the UK and France, plus football federations from Occitania in southern France and Jersey in the Channel Islands. Jersey play in the South West Counties league against the likes of Devon and Cornwall and secretary Gill Morgan said: "The only concern we have with the NF Board is the cost of playing in this tournament as we don't have a sponsor."

All the 'nations' at the NF Board meeting are expected to play in the Viva World Cup and a number of other non-countries denied a chance to play representative football are also interested. These include the Danish territory of Greenland, which has been denied membership of UEFA, the south Pacific island of Tuvalu and the Falkland Islands, whose national side will play in the bi-annual Island Games in Shetland during July.

Source: http://www.playthegame.org/Knowledge%20bank/Articles/The_First_Football_World_Cup_for_Nations_that_Do_Not_Exist.aspx

söndag, april 09, 2006


In recent days violent confrontations and clashes between Kurdish citizens and the Turkish army and authorities have erupted in several Kurdish and Turkish cities including Diyarbakir, Batman, Siirt, Mardin, Kiziltepe, Istanbul and Yüksekova. Turkish police and military have attacked Kurdish civilians using tear gas, batons, firearms and tanks.

The names of the Kurds shot by Turkish police and military are as follows: Fatih Tekin (three years old), Enes Ata (six years), Abdullah Duru (nine years), Mehmet Akbulut (18 years), Mehmet Isikci (19 years), Tarik Atakaya (22 years) and Mustafa Eryilmaz (26 years).

Preceding these murders were the peaceful funeral and mourning processions for members of the Kurdish Peoples Defence Forces (HPG) who were killed with poison gas by the Turkish army during one of its most recent military operations in the region of Mus-Bingöl. Just days before these attacks, the Kurdish guerrilla forces announced another unilateral truce to ensure peaceful celebrations of the Kurdish New Year, Newroz.

In addition to these developments, it is alarming to see the Turkish state’s response to legitimate demands and democratic actions of the Kurdish people. On the one hand special fighting units of the Turkish army are increasingly deployed in the Kurdish regions in order to crush the people’s protest and uprising. On the other, attacks on Kurdish institutions, organisations and politicians are intensifying. Blaming the Kurdish TV-station ROJ-TV for the current developments and events, Turkish political and military authorities now try to achieve their long-standing goal of closing down the popular Kurdish TV-station. The repression of Kurdish political representatives is taken to another level as Turkey is threatening legal action and court cases as well as open violence against Kurdish mayors and parties such as the Party for a Democratic Society (DTP).

All this illustrates vividly the extent to which the Turkish state understands the Kurdish peoto a licence to kill, the green light for more massacres on the Kurdish civilian population. According to Erdogan’s reasoning, murdering children is part of necessary intervention by the state in agreement with Turkish political authorities. With his words and actions Erdogan makes himself personally and politically fully responsible for the massacres of Kurdish civilians. ple as part of its own citizenship. That is, Kurds are still perceived and treated as ‘terrorists, trouble makers and traitors’. Equally, reforms of linguistic, cultural and political rights of the Kurds, which were introduced hesitantly, were subsequently declared invalid by the Turkish authorities. Again, the Turkish government of minister president Erdogan demonstrates that so-called reforms and declarations of intent are a sole masquerade.

Responding to the recent events, Erdogan issued a statement in which there was not a single word lost about the murdered children and adolescents. The police and military forces responsible for the murders do not have to fear any legal or disciplinary consequences. On the contrary, the Turkish minister president said the following: ‘Our security forces will use the necessary force and intervene against anybody who agrees to be a tool of terror, including children and women. I want this to be clearly understood.’ This statement amounts These most recent events clearly demonstrate that Turkey is still a long way from democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It is highly questionable whether the current developments in Turkey can be squared with aspirations for membership of the European Union. All member states of the EU are called upon to intervene strongly against these forms of state terrorism practiced by Turkey. If Turkey’s policies and attitudes do not change the prospect of EU-membership can not be upheld any longer.

The Association of Kurdish Organisation in Europe

The results are terrifying and alarming: 15 civilians killed, hundreds seriously injured, hundreds of people were arrested the majority of which are minors.