I join the Turkish Americans, members of the Pax Turcica Institute, to express a concern over the CNN International broadcast of a map depicting the southeastern parts of Turkey as Kurdistan. The presentation of such a map, with speculative boundaries marked within the sovereign nation of Turkey, is incendiary and insensitive.
There has never been a geographical or political entity known as Kurdistan with defined frontiers inside Turkey. This abstract term has been used to describe the geographic regions non-exclusively populated by ethnic Kurdish people since the late 20th century. In contrast, the boundaries of the Republic of Turkey were established by the 1923 Lausanne Treaty. Those are the boundaries by which Turkey, a U.S. and NATO ally, has been unconditionally recognized by the United Nations and the United States.
It is disturbing that CNN, a respected U.S. media establishment, is promoting the irredentist propaganda by a terrorist group, such as the PKK, or by the anti-American regimes such as those in Syria and Armenia. PKK in particular was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and most European nations. It is responsible for taking nearly 40,000 innocent lives in numerous terror attacks over the past 30 years. The PKK embodies the same evil for the people of Turkey that al-Qaeda and ISIS represent for Americans.
I hope that the CNN management will review this incident carefully, take corrective action and refrain from such insensitive broadcasts in the future.