Final Resolution of the 16th international conference

The Annual International Conference on the EU, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds was hosted by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) in cooperation with the GUE/NGL Group, the Greens-European Free Alliance (GREENS/EFA) and the Groups of the Free Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). The conference was successfully held on 5th and 6th of February 2020 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

After his first visit to the country, the Turkey Rapporteur for the European Parliament said, new narratives are needed for the relationship between Turkey and the EU. From the perspective of the conference, new narratives are also needed, not only for relations with Turkey, but also for the whole Middle East. The Kurds are a major influential factor here in terms of stability, peace building, democracy, ecology and gender equality. Together with their regional allies and due to their global perspectives, they provide a basis for new narratives in a region marked by wars and crises. Strengthening cooperation with these democratic forces should therefore be a top priority.

Based on this the conference calls upon the EU member states, the European institutions and the United Nations to:

  • Treat Turkey’s occupation of North Syria / Rojava as a clear violation of international law, condemn its policy of ethnic cleansing in the occupied territory, and call for an immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops.
  • Recognise the North-East Syria’s Autonomous Administration as an important step towards a political solution to the Syrian conflict and to integrate their representatives in the commission for the establishment of a new constitution for Syria. The best way for a solution is to include all ethnic and religious entities in a democratic process leading to a decentralized self-administration with equal rights for women and men.
  • Urge Turkey to stop airstrikes and its occupationist endeavors in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which is a clear violation of international law.
  • Urge Turkey to release all elected officials and members of the HDP, to respect the decision of the electorates, and to reinstitute the mayors replaced by the government appointed trustees.
  • Not to sacrifice the EU’s democratic values by caving in to Turkey’s blackmailing on the issues of refugee crisis and the jihadist threat.
  • Take diplomatic, political and legal measures to compel Turkey to comply with international law concerning the ongoing isolation of Abdullah Ocalan, and urge the Turkish government to immediately release him and to return to dialogue for a political solution to the Kurdish question.
  • Contribute to a political solution by lifting all restrictions on Kurdish parties and individuals, in light of the decisions of the European Court of Justice and the Belgian Court of Cassation, which insist that the PKK is not a terrorist organization but a party to an internal armed conflict.

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16th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “THE EUROPEAN UNION, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS”

Brussels, The European Parliament

Wednesday 5th of February – 14:30 – 18:30

Thursday 6th of February – 09:30 – 17:00

PATRONS

ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa

SHIRIN EBADI

Human Rights Lawyer

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran

BIANCA JAGGER

The Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador

Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, the UK

NOAM CHOMSKY

Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy,

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the USA

LEYLA ZANA

European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought,

Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey

In cooperation with

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL INFORMATION

“HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND ENTER THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT”

An official “European Parliament personal badge/pass” will be available for all participants who have already registered their names.

Your “personal badge / pass” will be available at the main entrance of the European Parliament (Place de Luxembourg – main European Parliament’s building “Altiero Spinelli”

Wednesday 5th of February, 13:00 – 14:00

Thursday 6th of February, 08:00 – 09:00

All participants must take care of their own “EP badge / pass” during both days. If someone loses their “pass / badge”, the EP internal rules make it impossible to produce a replica.

For any additional information, please contact the conference’s secretariat at:

brusselsconferenceep@gmail.com

Wednesday, 5th of February 2020, 14:30-15:30

The Opening Session, Room ASP 1G2 (Spinelli Building)

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

The Opening Speeches and Greetings

Kariane Westrheim, Chair of the EUTCC, University of Bergen, Norway

Nikolaj Villumsen, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Denmark

Andreas Schieder, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Austria

François Alfonsi, MEP, The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), France

Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice-President of The European Parliament, Greece

Wednesday, 05th of February 2020, 15:30-17:00

Panel I – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

Oppression and Resistance in Turkey

Moderator: Mr. Joost Jongerden, University of Wageningen, EUTCC board member, The Netherlands

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

Conflict Over Vital Resources

Benoit Biteau, MEP, The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), France

Strengthening Democratic Forces in Turkey: Challenges vs. Options

Özlem Demirel, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Germany

Opposition Between Unity and Division

Cihangir Islam, MP, The Felicity Party (SP), Turkey

Turkey 2023: Dictatorship vs. Democracy

Gülistan Koçyiğit, MP, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

Wednesday, 05th of February 2020, 17:00-18:30

Panel II – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

The EU – Turkey Relationship: Accession Talks, Refugee Crisis and The Kurds

Moderator: Mr. Cengiz Aktar, Political Scientist

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

Accession talks – (Never) Ending Story?!

Andreas Schieder, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Austria

The Refugee Crisis and Europe’s Response

Tineke Strik, MEP, The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), The Netherlands

The Kurdish Question and Europe: Criminalization vs. Responsibility for Peace Building

Jan Fermon, Lawyer, Belgium

Key Point Imrali: The Power of Freedom

Newroz Uysal, Lawyer, The Asrın Law Office, Turkey

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 09:30-10:30

Panel III – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

The Middle East in The Context of Turkey’s Invasion of North-East Syria / Rojava

Moderator: Ms. Evin Incir, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Sweden

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

Turkish Invasion of North-East Syria / Rojava

Leila Chaibi, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), France

The Kurds: The Gordian Knot or The Central Key

Søren Søndergaard, MP, Enhedslisten – The Red-Green Alliance, Denmark

Turkey’s Expansionist Ambitions

Kirmanj Gundi, Tennessee State University, USA

Post-ISIS: Lines of Conflict with Ethnic and Denominational Impacts

Ferda Çetin, Journalist, Belgium

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 11:00-12:00

Panel IV – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

The Turkish Invasion of Rojava and its Impact on Women and Gender Equality

Moderator: Ms. Sira Rego, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Spain

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

Interview with Representatives of the Democratic Federation of North-East Syria / Rojava

Majdoleen Hassan, Deputy Co-Presidency of The Syrian Democratic Council, North-East Syria / Rojava

Khadija Barakat, The Kongra Star Representative, Germany

Nazire Gewriye, The Syriac Union Party, North-East Syria / Rojava

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 12:00-13:00

Panel V – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

Europe and the Middle East: Self-Interest vs. Democracy

Moderator: Mr. Jürgen Klute, Former MEP, Germany

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

European Perspectives on The Complexity of The Middle East

Brando Benifei, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Italy

Europe and The Kurdish Battle

Thomas Schmidinger, Political Scientist, University of Vienna, Austria

Transformation Process from The Kurdish Perspective in The Context of Democracy, Ecology and Gender Equality

Dersim Dağdeviren, KURD-AKAD, EUTCC Board Member, Germany

Europe’s Approach Vis-a-Vis the Ocalan Case

Simon Dubbins, Director of International for UNITE the Union in the UK, the UK

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

Thursday, 06th of February, 15:00-16:00

Panel VI – Room ASP 1E2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

There Are Alternatives!

Moderator: Mr. Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Journalist, The Netherlands

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, and English. (Passive in Spanish, Germany and Greek)

Towards European and International Politics Based on Solidarity

Malin Björk, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Sweden

Democracy in War Time: How a Society Reorganises Itself and Offers Perspectives Beyond the Middle East

Nazan Üstündağ, Sociologist, Germany

The Rise of Kurdish Women and Their Battle Against Feminicide

Aviva Stein, The New World Summit, The Netherlands

Rethinking Democracy: Kurdish Perspectives For 2023

Amed Dicle, Journalist, Belgium

Local Solutions to Global Challenges – Living International Solidarity

Juan Carlos Guerra Moldonado, Historian, Ecuador

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 16:15-17:00

The Closing Session – Room ASP 1E2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

Conclusions, Recommendations and The Final Resolution

Board of the EUTCC

Ms. Dersim Dağdeviren, Germany

Mr. Michael Gunter, USA

Mr. Joost Jongerden, Netherlands

Mr. Thomas J. Miley, UK

Ms. Estella Schmid, UK

Ms. Kariane Westrheim, Norway

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