US Security expert: Kurds deserve independent state

The United States should pay particular attention to Kurdistan Region, said a security expert in the US on Friday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (K24) – The United States should pay particular attention to Kurdistan Region, said a security expert in the US on Friday.

In a live broadcasted interview, President of the Center for National Policy (CNP) Scott Bates told K24 that the US should review its relations with Kurdistan because the Peshmerga are one of the main forces combating Islamic State (IS).

The US should consider Kurdish interests and their future, he said, adding that Kurdistan is a positive example for peace in the Middle East.

“Kurds have always been in support of stability, human rights, women rights and combating extremist groups,” Bates added.

Commenting on Washington’s policies toward Kurds, he pointed out that Kurdistan Region has consistently been one of the most trustworthy US allies in the east.

He noted that Kurds should remain firm, “Kurds should have the right to self-determination and have their own say.” Bates urged Washington to provide the Region with more direct support. He added that the US should negotiate with the Regions' neighboring countries to find a viable corridor for independence.

Additionally, Bates stated that there are many voices in the US government supporting efforts to arm Peshmerga forces directly in the fight against IS because Baghdad has been hindering the flow of armaments thus far.

Bates added that history should not be repeated, as Kurds have always been promised support from the superpowers, only to become marginalized later.

Speaking of US foreign policy in general, he expressed that the Middle East is still a tremendously strategic region. He stressed that Washington must maintain its allies and should improve these relations, reassuring them that the US will continue its support. He also suggested that the US should review its strategy in the fight against IS.

Bates stated that the current civil war in Syria will continue since superpowers and Syria's neighbors are more involved and concerned with their respective influence.

 

Reporting by Mewan Dolamari

Editing by Benjamin Kweskin and Karzan Sulaivany