No one can stop us from announcing the state of Kurdistan
Federalism has come to an end in Iraq
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani announced that federalism has come to an end in Iraq and now confederation is the best option.
“The mistakes of the Sykes Picot Agreement should be corrected,” Barzani states. “The agreement itself has failed and the region should go back to its original nature, since some of the nations have been linked to each other by force.”
“No one can stop us from announcing the state of Kurdistan, but we want this to happen through dialogue and mutual understanding rather than war and bloodshed,” added the President.
Asked about the timing for the announcement of the independent Kurdish state, President Barzani said that specifying a time for this is difficult but he is sure that Kurds will have their own state in the future.
“The situations have changed and a lot of developments have happened, and hence the rights and demands of the Kurds have changed as well,” Barzani said in SKY NEWS TV interview.
Kurdish President called for the rights of the Kurds in other parts of Kurdistan as well. “In Turkey and Iran the rights of the Kurds have not yet been officially recognized while Kurds have been attached to these countries forcefully.”
Regarding his relations with Abdullah Ocalan, the detained leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party PKK, Barzani said that he has sent him a letter and that he would try his best to liberate him. “We are men of the mountains and we are proud of that; those who make fun of the mountains are down in the valleys and don’t see anything and can’t do anything," continued the president.
Commenting on the issues between Erbil and Baghdad Barzani said that they (the central government) do not believe in power sharing and the Kurds don’t want to be a subsidiary.
Talking about his opinion on Nuri Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, who was reelected with the support of the Kurds and Barzani himself, the Kurdish President said: “we were expecting that he would defend us even in our absence and we thought he is the most eligible person to defend the rights of the Kurds, but unfortunately it turned out to be just the opposite.”
He also showed his surprise that the U.S. and Iran are in agreement about Maliki while they disagree on everything else.
Expressing his opinion about the Kurdish Canton in Syria, Barzani said that a specific part of a specific organization supports the regime of Bashar Assad, while there is no agreement between them and Assad to guarantee the rights of the Kurds.
“We want Kurds to be united, but now they are divided. We have always said whatever the Kurds in the west decide together and unanimously we welcome their decisions,” concluded the President Massoud Barzani.