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image by Jaume Ollé
The TV-magazine Mediterraneo recently showed a document on the Kurdish
Parliament in exile. The Parliament is located in Brussels (Belgium), but its presence (I
imagine for diplomatic reasons) is only tolerated and no distinctive signs may
appear outside of the building. A huge vertical flag is displayed in the main
room where the Parliament meets in official sessions. A coat-of-arms is also
hanging on the wall near the entrance (but inside the building, therefore not
supposed to be seen from the outside).
Ivan Sache, 25 April 1999
On 12 April 1995, the first Kurdish Parliament in exile convened at The Hague
(Netherlands) and flew yet
another flag, a green-yellow-red horizontal tricolour. At first glance this
might promise to be THE flag of Kurdistan; the Parliament is dominated by the PKK (which is trying to
shed its terrorist image), and the PDK and PUK refuse to have
anything to do with it.
The green-yellow-red tricolour would appear on the surface to be a PKK pretence of Kurdish universality by equally uniting the principal colours of the major liberation movements:
If the factions ever do manage to cooperate, the flag would then be truly the
best and simplest flag for Kurdistan.
T. F. Mills, 27 September 1997
I have seen today in the Edmonton Journal an article from the
Washington Guardian that was added to the coverage of the recent attacks.
Inserted into the article was a small color graphic, including what I assume is
supposed to be the 'Kurdistan' flag: a green-yellow-red horizontal tricolor.
Stoner, 04 September 1996
image by Ivan Sache
In the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot of today there is a photo from
the funeral of the three Kurds who were killed in the incident in the Israeli
Consulate in Berlin. All coffins were covered by flags which were horizontally
green-red-yellow (or the other way around).
Dov Gutterman, 25 February 1999
I did see the flag quoted by Dov frequently in the shape of hats, pullovers
and the like (scarcely as proper flags though). And yes it was green-red-yellow,
in that order, unlike the flag approved by the Kurdish Parliament in
Santiago Dotor, 25 February 1999