No one can stop us from an­nounc­ing the state of Kur­dis­tan

Fed­er­al­ism has come to an end in Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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