Kurds to Launch National Congress in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (Reuters)–Kurds from all continents will meet in Amsterdam on Monday to establish a National Congress of Kurdistan–organizers said on Friday.

The aim of the new body will be to defend Kurdish people’s identity–language and rights–notably in the Middle East where their population is around 40 million–although they have no separate nation.

The congress–which plans to meet once a year–will be formed of representatives from the Kurdish Diaspora–religious and cultural institutions–political entities and ethnic groups.

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