The Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence of the Kur­dish State

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Khasro Pir­bal

The re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and the up­ris­ing of the Sun­nis and the dis­sat­is­fac­tion of the Arab tribes re­gard­ing the un­just poli­cies of Ma­liki’s govern­ment in Bag­dad which is char­ac­ter­ized by uni­lat­er­al­ism, tyranny and marginal­iza­tion of Iraqi com­po­nents made the Iraqi army to feel hope­less to con­tinue fight­ing and de­fend­ing parts of the coun­try. The army and all the govern­ment’s of­fices re­treated from Mo­sul and handed over their po­si­tions the Kur­dis­tan Pesh­marga forces. The res­i­dents of those ar­eas called on Pesh­merga and the KRG’s to help hun­dreds of thou­sands of refugees who fled to Kur­dis­tan.

Fol­low­ing the ex­clu­sion of the Kurd’s from the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion in Bag­dad by Ma­liki and Jaa­fari’s gov­ern­ments, we’ve to­day reached this his­toric chance which is a golden chance for the Kur­dish na­tion and the lead­er­ship that can only be re­peated once in two hun­dred years. All the Kur­dis­tani ar­eas in­clud­ing the in­ter­na­tional fron­tiers are un­der the con­trol of the Pesh­merga forces and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Govern­ment, which is what people of these ar­eas de­manded. There’s no need for any lo­cal or in­ter­na­tional party to put these ar­eas un­der their pro­tec­tion or re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

The Kurds in Iraq should seize this op­por­tu­nity. Those ar­eas should have been re­turned to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion ac­cord­ing to the con­sti­tu­tional, but the Federal Iraqi Gov­ern­ments were breach­ing its prom­ises and de­ceiv­ing the Kur­dish people af­ter the fall of the dic­ta­tor­ship.

A his­toric les­son should be learnt from the po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion with Bag­dad. Now a po­lit­i­cal and le­gal frame­work should be pre­pared by the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment as soon as pos­si­ble for those ar­eas which have been wait­ing so long to re­join Kur­dis­tan.

It’s ob­vi­ous that the Kurds took part in the lib­er­a­tion of Iraq and reestab­lish­ing the new state. While those who are rul­ing Bag­dad now had noth­ing to do with pol­i­tics and were ac­tu­ally busy trad­ing and mak­ing a liv­ing in the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries of Iraq. But now they’ve be­come rulers over people of Iraq.

The role and sup­port of the Kur­dish lead­er­ship, es­pe­cially Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani's and Jalal Tal­a­bani's have al­ways been of ben­e­fit to the Iraqi people, the demo­cratic sys­tem and the peace process. We tried a lot to re­cover Iraq as a state, and to make the econ­omy, se­cu­rity, the po­lit­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion to serve the Iraqi people so that they can live hap­pily. We tried to en­cour­age all the com­po­nents of Iraq to reach a po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion, but they seemed not to be hon­est and their un­com­pro­mis­ing stances can­not pos­si­bly change.

The Kurds in Iraq have al­ways been a part of the so­lu­tion, not the prob­lem. The po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and the KRG have al­ways in­tended to trans­fer the Re­gion’s model to Bag­dad, but un­for­tu­nately the re­sponse of the mil­i­tary rulers in the Green Zone has not been pos­i­tive. That is why the Kurds should say farewell to Bag­dad for­ever.

Af­ter the lib­er­a­tion of Iraq, the Kurds par­tic­i­pated in power-shar­ing govern­ment in Bagh­dad, but their par­tic­i­pa­tion was un­der­mined, they were not given any real author­ity. We as Kurds, our cases, de­mands and rights have been down­graded, our vic­tims are down­graded, salaries and people’s rights are cut, and none of the Iraqi of­fi­cials were truth­ful to­wards the Iraqi Kurds. The Federal Govern­ment has not been se­ri­ous in ne­go­ti­a­tions and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has been treated like a prov­ince; The Iraqi govern­ment has re­fused to im­ple­ment the Ar­ti­cle 140 of the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion; it has cut the civil ser­vant salaries; the Oil Min­istry is busy play­ing games and the Com­man­der in Chief of the Armed Forces has failed in per­form­ing the du­ties lie on his shoul­ders. All the bad stances from the Arab po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Bagh­dad should con­vince the Kurds that they have no fu­ture within Iraq. We will not be given a chance to prac­tice ac­tual power. We won't be able to teach the politi­cians in Bagh­dad lessons in democ­racy, com­pro­mise and the pol­icy of co­ex­is­tence. The Kur­dish lead­er­ship, the Kur­dish Par­lia­ment and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency have to take a his­toric de­ci­sion as soon as pos­si­ble to set mech­a­nisms to a peace­ful with­drawal from Iraq. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent and the Kur­dish Na­tional Move­ment leader Mr. Ma­soud Barzani must de­clare Kur­dis­tan in­de­pen­dent in the Kur­dish Par­lia­ment. The Kurds have failed in Bagh­dad or the rulers of Bagh­dad mis­led us to fail­ure. It’s bet­ter for the Kurds to draw its borders and ad­min­is­ter its own state. Kur­dis­tan has its own sources of a ro­bust econ­omy that in­cludes trade, agri­cul­ture, tourism and nat­u­ral re­sources, but first we need to re­vive some sec­tors ne­glected for years.

The Euro­pean coun­tries to­gether with the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions are sup­port­ing this step. I have al­ways known the United States as an im­moral power. In this world, there are other pow­ers that Kur­dis­tan has not been deal­ing with much like Europe, Rus­sia, Africa, and the Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries. They can as­sist us in times of hard­ship. We even share cul­tures with these friendly coun­tries and they are closer to us on the map. Now in Turkey there is a govern­ment whose in­ter­est con­verges with ours. This fa­cil­i­tates the re­al­iza­tion of our long-awaited dream of in­de­pen­dence.

The Kurds should work se­ri­ously on the di­rec­tion of in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing the govern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion in Kur­dis­tan by tak­ing ad­van­tage of skilled and well qual­i­fied people. Also we should take ad­van­tage of the Kur­dish Di­as­pora to cre­ate a bridge for their par­tic­i­pat­ing, in­tro­duc­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to the world and open­ing a new page in the his­tory of the Kur­dish na­tion.

The Kur­dish people now have many friends in the world. We should not only look at Wash­ing­ton. There are other coun­tries and pow­ers which can help us to build a na­tion state of our own.

I think that af­ter the dec­la­ra­tion of Kur­dis­tan as in­de­pen­dent, the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and the govern­ment should se­ri­ously deal with the var­i­ous com­po­nents that live in Kur­dis­tan, es­pe­cially the Turk­men. As we know, as the sev­ered or the dis­puted ar­eas con­join the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, there are other eth­nic­i­ties and com­po­nents be­side the Kurds whose loy­al­ties have not been set­tled. We have to try to win both the Arabs and the Turk­men over. These groups have been liv­ing with the Kurds for years and have mixed with one an­other. The KRG should have a spe­cial mech­a­nism to grant the Turk­men their po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and cul­tural rights in Kur­dis­tan. They, like the Kurds, have been de­prived of their rights for years and waited so long. Af­ter the Kurds, Turkomen will be the sec­ond eth­nic group in the state of Kur­dis­tan.

To­day is a his­toric op­por­tu­nity for the Kurds to de­clare their in­de­pen­dent state, to re­main on its ter­ri­tory and soil and pro­tect its ex­is­tence and fu­ture with­out caus­ing any headache to the na­tions in the area. His­tory will not re­turn. Hand­ing over the Kur­dis­tan ar­eas to Iraq once again is a step back­ward, re­turn­ing to the start­ing point; it’s a waste of time and con­tin­u­a­tion of the suf­fer­ing of the people of Kur­dis­tan and the burial of their rights to free­dom and peace.

Work­ing to­wards the dec­la­ra­tion of Kur­dis­tan in­de­pen­dent should be in a man­ner that’s a model to other na­tions and coun­tries of Mid­dle East, a model for co­ex­is­tence of all com­po­nents and the es­tab­lish­ment of so­cial peace. The lead­er­ship of Kur­dis­tan should work to rec­on­cile all the dis­agree­ments be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. All of them should co­op­er­ate and be united, for­get their bit­ter past. If a party thinks that a cer­tain po­lit­i­cal party hasn’t gained enough for the Kurds people and that’s why it doesn’t tol­er­ate it, now it's high time to set aside these dif­fer­ences and in­stead mo­bi­lize all our ef­forts to re­al­ize the dream of our beloved in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan.

Now the Kurds are at a cross­roads and an im­por­tant his­toric junc­ture. This can de­ter­mine our ex­is­tence or nonex­is­tence. Any­how, I be­lieve it’s time to de­clare Kur­dis­tan in­de­pen­dent and step into a glo­ri­ous fu­ture.

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