PM Barzani: We lost a great ad­vo­cate of democ­racy, tol­er­ance and peace

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Af­ter be­ing in­formed of Man­dela’s death KRG Prime Min­is­ter, Nechri­van Barzani, said to­day the world lost a great po­lit­i­cal leader who val­ued democ­racy and peace more than his own lost life in prison.

“It is with the great­est sor­row we learned of the pass­ing of Nel­son Man­dela, a man who per­son­i­fied the strug­gle for hu­man dig­nity, equal­ity and sense of jus­tice,” Barzani said

Al­though he did not have a chance to visit Kur­dis­tan, he felt strongly for the Kur­dish cause and made it clear on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that Kur­dish strug­gle to sur­vive and achieve jus­tice was a uni­ver­sal call.

“We also felt that we had many things in com­mon with Man­dela’s vi­sion for his coun­try. We ad­mired his call for for­give­ness, tol­er­ance, non-vi­o­lent po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tions, and truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. For us, Man­dela was a great re­minder that years of im­pris­on­ment and suf­fer­ing can be turned into tremen­dous strength for the greater good of the so­ci­ety, hu­man dig­nity and a new source of in­spi­ra­tion.” He said

The most im­por­tant les­son Barzani thinks he per­son­ally learned from Man­dela’s life was to rec­og­nize past in­jus­tice and fo­cus on fu­ture im­prove­ment of hu­man con­di­tions.

“Man­dela taught us that we can trans­form our­selves and our so­ci­eties by do­ing what we hu­manly can to avoid re­venge. By do­ing so he changed his own coun­try and most po­lit­i­cal lead­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions. He taught the en­tire world that hu­mil­ity com­bined with de­ter­mi­na­tion can change the course of his­tory in a con­struc­tive way,” he noted

Ac­cord­ing to Barzani all peo­ple will be miss­ing a great uni­fier, but Man­dela's words and deeds will re­main with them for gen­er­a­tions in the hu­man strug­gle to pro­vide a bet­ter prospect for hu­man­ity.

“We will miss a great ad­vo­cate of democ­racy, tol­er­ance and non-vi­o­lence.” He con­cluded

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