High-Ranking ARF, BDP Meeting Held in Washington

Kurdish and Armenian delegations at the ANCA office in Washington

WASHINGTON (ARF Press Office)—On Tuesday, Oct. 29, a delegation of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) headed by its co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, visited the ANCA Washington office and met with a delegation headed by Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member Hagop Der Khatchadourian.

The possibilities of Armenian Kurdish cooperation as well as the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian and Kurdish nations were discussed during the meeting.

The previous day an Armenian delegation headed by Hagop Der Khachadourian had attended an all-day conference on the “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East” that took place in Washington with the participation of Kurdish political leaders from Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq.

From l. to r.: Garo Armenian, Mehmet Yüksel, Hagop Der Khatchadourian, Selahattin Demirtaş, Nazmi Gür, Ani Haroian, and Aram Hamparian

After the meeting with Demirtaş, Der Khachadourian said, “The meeting presented an opportunity for a useful dialogue about the possibilities of Armenian Kurdish cooperation, Western Armenia, and Kurdistan as well as the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian and Kurdish nations.”

Demirtaş was joined by Member of Parliament and vice-chair of BDP Nazmi Gür and BDP Representative in Washington Mehmet Yüksel.

Since 2009, Demirtaş, as member of Turkey’s Parliament, has spoken openly about the Armenian Genocide as well as the Turkey’s state policy of genocide denial.

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  1. Mihran said:

    This dialogue should have been done long time ago,I go further and suggest that Assyrians should also be involved in the near future.

    The Turks will do everything in order to tarnish and sow the seeds of mistrust in this relationship,however we shouldn’t fall into their game of divide rule/conquer.

    There needs to be more serious meetings and planning.

    This is a most welcome development.

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