On November 4 Head of the Division on the Armenian-Kurdish Relations of the Institute for Armenian Studies of YSU lecturer Vahram Petrosyan delivered a lecture “The position of the Kurdish political structures on the issue of the Armenian Genocide”. The meeting was organized by the newspaper “Azdak” and the Regional Directorate of Lebanon.
At the beginning of the meeting Vahram Petrosyan noted that the Armenian-Kurdish ties can be divided into three main periods. First was in 1878-1923 – period of formation of the united front to fight the Turks.
“In this period, the desire to establish long and lasting Armenian-Kurdish cooperation was not successful, and the Kurds were involved in politics for the destruction of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire,” - said Vahram Petrosyan.
The second period is 1923-1991 - the formation of the Armenian-Kurdish cooperation in conditions of non-existence of the Armenian population in theWestern Armenia, the conclusion of the union and attempts to fight the enemy. According to the speaker, in this period Western Armenia became the center of the Kurdish population, Armenian-Kurdish questions came out of the international legal sphere, the mood of the relationship was changed.
The third period began in 1991, it is still developing. During this period, various Kurdish organizations have made efforts to involve in their activities the Kurdish community of Armenia: “In the initial period the Kurdish identity was still at the tribal level, they sought to take advantages of the RA, NKR and Diaspora, avoiding the expression of the political position on the Western Armenia, especially since the political developments that have emerged on the territory of historical Armenia, were favorable for the Kurds.”
Mr. Petrosyan also presented data on the attitude to the Kurds in Armenia. 17.1% refers positively to the Kurds, 34.6% - neutral. On the question of whether Armenia should help the Kurds against Turkey, 19.4% answered positively, 29.4% - negatively.
The speaker noted that in April of this year in the self-governing region ofNorthern Iraqthe issue of recognition of the Armenian Genocide was raised. The Parliament of the area consists of 111 members, one of whom is an Armenian, who raised the question of recognition of the Armenian Genocide. 40 people signed under the proposed formula, and so the issue was not brought up for discussion. According to Mr. Petrosyan, the Armenian-Kurdish economic relations primarily hindered the adoption of such a formula.