We will not be supplement to nobody!
President Masoud Barzani always gives Kurdish people the sense of happiness with his national stance and puts the opponents of the Kurds in a neurotic situation and sometimes makes them unwillingly recognize the wills and determinations of Kurdistan.
In the past few weeks, President Barzani mentioned twice: “We’ll not be supplement to Bagdad”. The first time when he welcomed Italian ambassador to Bagdad. He said then: “the authorities in Bagdad want the Region to be supplement to Bagdad, but not a real partner in Iraq. We never accept to be supplement to them after all those struggles, sacrifices and catastrophes befell our nation”. And the second time, he honestly reiterated the same stance at the opening ceremony of the election campaigns in Erbil.
The matter of being supplement is one of the historic tangles and psychological issues of Kurdish individuals. Long ago, because of being tangled and attached to the occupying powers, at tensions, surrenders, and turning to the enemies, Kurds have been treated as supplements, and as a tool to impose the will of those powers upon them. This serious matter and illness have accurately been mentioned in historical sources and by leaders and various movements of Kurdistan.
This expression could be considered by some people only as an abstract and baseless supposition, but (being supplement) is actually described as one of the fatal strategies of the occupiers pursued against the Kurds. So this is opposite to building the individual’s will and political determination of political parties. This is exactly the opposite of independently making decisions and administering of Kurdistan by Kurds themselves. The matter of being supplement also reminds us of tens of catastrophic events and critical phases that have been occurring for hundreds of years in the history of Kurdistan.
It’s very important that all the political parties adopt and observe this se- rious policy of President Barzani to achieve political goals, autonomy, and more development in the economical, social, cultural and most importantly political fields as a strategic principle. Because the matter of being supplement is related to all political parties in the manner of dealing with Bagdad, regional powers and the international community. And this is thanks to the political balance achieved by the Kurdistan Regional Government in dealing with the region's powers and make them respect the political will of the Kurdish people and respect developing its relations on all levels. On the other hand, the matter is related to the feeling and conscience and the character of the Kurdish individual. At this stage, the citizenship should depend on the rights and duties of each one. The freedom of each individual must be respected. The civil rights, the economic and social rights of the Kurdish individual should be improved, the international treaties that guarantee the human rights should be respected. It means that it is very important that people of Kurdistan including all nations, religions, norms and ethnic groups should have their independent determination, conscience and wills , but not as supplements. Kurdistan with its strong will, self-confidence and power to decide is in the position to make decisions based on mutual respect with Baghdad or any other regional or international power. We reject the policy of being considered as supplement to anyone. We oppose being subordinated to any political power. We reject unilateral decisions imposed upon us which will block and hinder our efforts to further develop our beloved Kurdistan.The purpose behind this determination is to reject being supplement, and striding forward towards more independence and building decisive citizens and a determined society able to make decisions about its destiny.