Pres­i­dent Barzani to BBC: We want to have our in­de­pen­dent state

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In an in­ter­view with the Bri­tish Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion BBC, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani an­nounced that he is plan­ning to con­duct a ref­er­en­dum about Kur­dis­tan’s in­de­pen­dence in the com­ing months.

In an in­ter­view with the Bri­tish Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion BBC, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani an­nounced that he is plan­ning to con­duct a ref­er­en­dum about Kur­dis­tan’s in­de­pen­dence in the com­ing months.

In the in­ter­view, the Kur­dish Pres­i­dent talked about the cur­rent se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in Iraq and ar­gued that Iraq is prac­ti­cally di­vided.

The BBC broad­casted that last month the Kur­dis­tan Pesh­marga Forces took con­trol over the Kur­dish ar­eas out­side the borders of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the Iraqi mil­i­tary against the in­sur­gents of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Le­vant ISIS.

Com­ment­ing on this, Pres­i­dent Barzani told the BBC that the re­cent de­vel­op­ments show that Kurds have the right to own their in­de­pen­dent state.

“From now on we don’t hide the re­al­ity that our goal is to have an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dish state,” Barzani said dur­ing the in­ter­view. “Now Iraq has prac­ti­cally di­vided. Does any­one ex­pect us to stay in this ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion that Iraq is cur­rently go­ing through? It is not me who de­cides on in­de­pen­dence, but rather the people. We will con­duct a ref­er­en­dum about this is­sue in a few months.”

The BBC re­porter said that Barzani has never hid the fact that Kurds are en­ti­tled to in­de­pen­dence and now be­lieves that this in­de­pen­dence is nearer that any time be­fore.

The Kur­dish Pres­i­dent said that for 10 years the Kurds have done their best to es­tab­lish a sta­ble federal Iraq through their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Bagh­dad Cen­tral Govern­ment.

But now as Iraq has col­lapsed, the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship thinks that Kurds are en­ti­tled to se­cede from Iraq and be in­de­pen­dent.

BBC said that the dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence is more ap­pro­pri­ate than any other time since Kur­dish Pesh­marga Forces have re­gained con­trol over Kirkuk and other dis­puted Kur­dish ar­eas, which mean that Kur­dis­tan govern­ment can ex­port 1 mil­lion bar­rels of oil per day.

Ac­cord­ing to the BBC al­though it is clear that the ef­forts of the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship to­wards in­de­pen­dence will face chal­lenges, but these chal­lenges will not stay there for­ever and even­tu­ally Kurds will be able to over­come them and have their own in­de­pen­dent state.

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