BY RAHUL REGULA, Daily Sabah
In the fourth session of the DISEC meetings on the Kurdish state, the Sabah and Financial Times moderated the much-anticipated press conference on the eight working papers which the delegates have been working hard on for the past two committee sessions. Both news agencies had many questions for these delegates about their working papers since they are so comprehensive.
The Sabah and Financial Times each analyzed the working papers and the Sabah got their hands on the following: C.A.R.E, Kurds Just Wanna have Fun(damental) Rights, and Path to Prosperity. Starting with the first listed resolution, the Sabah asked for a clarification on one of their clauses which states “the establishment of third-party frameworks for negotiation between central governments and non-state actors.” It is not clearly stated in this paper what is meant by a “third party.” The representative for the paper was not able to clearly define this, and instead provided another vague response.
Furthermore, the paper calls for a “proper demarcation” of electoral constituencies which the host states have to allow for Kurds to be implemented in their voting groups. This would mean that the committee is placing trust in these same nations, who have a historical animosity towards the Kurdish, to carry out a truthful voting process. The representative for the paper could only respond with “we are going in with the idea that these countries are going to be truthful in their process.” This is a bold and risky claim to make since they have no fall back plan if this goes wrong.
Representatives for the different working papers in the DISEC press conference
The second listed directive lists out a plan to militarize and modernize the Kurdish Defense forces with help from the Finnish, Australian, and Belgium forces. This, however, begs the question about the hypocritical nature of security. Why should the host nations stand back and let the Kurds arm up without any guarantee of consequences the international community will take if the Kurds act violently? When posing this question to the paper’s representative, the only answer that the delegate could conjure up is, “we rest assure that this will not happen.” A very vague rebuttal to a very serious concern is worrying and should be noted by all delegates in that committee.
The lasted listed directive recommends for autonomous regions to be set up by the host nations for the Kurdish. The problem with this resolution, however, is that there is no way to force these countries to give up land just like that to the Kurds. Nowhere in the paper, and when asked in the press conference, did a member of the bloc mention how they expect to convince these nations to give up parts of their land that they claim is rightfully theirs. The paper also brings up the clause on education and that there will be an official government site to educate Kurdish. It does not seem likely that the host governments would support this initiative and to add to the confusion, the representative for the paper in the press conference started to mention third parties that will be involved. The representative did not state clearly who will make up these “third parties” and how they will fit with an official government-run site that could just deny access to the database for the third parties.