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Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:12PM
A view of the Turkish port city of Istanbul (file photo)

A view of the Turkish port city of Istanbul (file photo)

A new report says Turkey may be divided by 2030 as predominantly Kurdish-populated regions in the southeastern part of country would secede, and form an independent Kurdistan state. The report by the US National Intelligence Council said that greater pressures on Turkish territorial integrity could be the main impetus behind the emergence of a Kurdish state, together with greater fragmentation of Iraq and Syria. “In the event of a more fragmented Iraq or Syria, a Kurdistan would not be inconceivable,” said the report. One of six scenarios presented in the report consisted of a rising Kurdistan, which in turn affects Turkey's territorial unity by carrying a risk of separation. Since its establishment in 1984, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been fighting Ankara to set up a Kurdish state in the southeast of the country. More than 45,000 people have reportedly been killed since then. Turkey's Kurdish community, numbering to 25 million, openly sympathize with the PKK. The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools. Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses under pressure from the international community, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations. MP/HGH
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