George Galloway has said Kurdish people "have as much right to a country as any other people" and this must be recognised after years of neglect by the international community.
Addressing his talkRADIO audience, Galloway said the Kurds, whose people claim ownership of a vast swathe of land across Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, have been overlooked for the last century - and this must be rectified.
The Kurdish residents of Turkey are locked in a bitter and ongoing struggle with the country's government, and Kurdish fighters have been central to attempts to expel Isis fighters from Iraq and Syria.
Galloway said: “The Kurdish people have as much right to a country as any other people. There are at least 45 million Kurdish people whose rights should have been recognised at the end of the First World War.
“Their suppression has been supported by Western countries most of the time. Kurdish rights of self determination must be recognised."
He also spoke about the situation in Syria, with specific reference to Israel's perception of the conflict:
“I have no doubt at all that Israel wanted to see Syria break up," Galloway said. "I can’t imagine that they wanted it to be ruled by Isis and Al-Qaeda, if they did they’re stupider than I thought."
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