Former Chief of the General Staff of Turkey İlker Başbuğ has declared that an independent Kurdish state will become a reality in the future.
According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, Başbuğ believes that Kurdish nationalists in Turkey wish to secede from the country and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is attempting to create an independent state in Syrian Kurdistan.
He also expressed regret that Iraqi Kurds will achieve independence soon, reports Anadolu.
Başbuğ believes that Turkey must improve its military capacity in order to prevent the Kurds from creating their own country in southern Turkey. “We are going to need a more powerful army soon,” he warned.
Başbuğ was appointed as Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces on 30 August 2008 and served until 27 August 2010.