“Noah’s Ark” News Agency Press Room hosted the Head of the Department of the Armenian-Kurdish Relations of YSU Institute for Armenian Studies, Doctor of History, specialist in Turkic and Kurdish Studies Vahram Petrosyan, employees Doctor of History, specialist in Iranian Studies Rudik Yaralyan and specialist in Arabic Studies Sargis Grigoryan.
Experts had invited journalists to present their recent observations and analysis, especially focusing on the current and historical aspects of the Armenian-Kurdish relations, transformations in the Eastern countries.
“Focusing on the Kurdish issue they often take into consideration exclusively the Kurdish movements in Turkey, and we want to consider the issue in the context of the latest regional developments, taking into account that a separate federal unit has been already formed in the Iraqi Kurdistan, and after the war in Iraq in 2003 the constitutionally recognized Iraqi federal autonomy was formed,” - said Mr. Petrosyan.
The speakers also touched upon the Syrian and Lebanese realities, as well as Iranian.
“Regional developments can be compared with a boiler filled with boiling water,” - said Sargis Grigoryan and added that the Kurds are the force in the modern Syria, which has self-government bodies, units and in the last three years have not had losses.
Rudik Yaralyan thinks that the simultaneous activation of the Kurdish factor with the same forms cannot be expected in all Kurdish areas in the Middle East, as in case of Kurds we deal with the political parties and groups with different objectives.
“Iranian Kurds issue differs from the Iraqi Kurdish issue. As for us, I think, Iran’s territorial integrity is a very important factor, any encroachment in this area is not acceptable, because it could destabilize the South Caucasus, too,” - says Mr. Yaralyan.
As for Kurds of Lebanon Sargis Grigoryan said that their involvement in this country is very weak, which prevents the Armenian-Kurdish relations development.
Vahram Petrosyan states that the Armenian-Kurdish relations go back to the 19th century, and in general these relations are good, if not considering the Azerbaijani Kurds who have moved from Kashatagh and Karvatchar and consider Armenians as enemies.
In today’s political developments Armenians and Kurds share interests, this, however, does not imply cooperation.
“We should move the task to our field. Unfortunately, there are no consolidated actions; there is just cooperation between separate parties. It is necessary to develop a consolidated approach, which we need first of all,” - says Mr. Petrosyan.