Swedish Green Party sup­ports Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In a state­ment pub­lished on July 28, three Swedish MPs from the Green Party re­it­er­ated their sup­port for hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence.

The three Mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment were Val­ter Mutt, Jab­bar Amin and An­nika Lillemets. In the state­ment, they say that all the coun­tries have to ex­press their sup­port for the ref­er­en­dum which is ex­pected to be held in Kur­dis­tan. The Kurds want to do this un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the United Na­tions.

The aim of the ref­er­en­dum is to ask ev­ery sin­gle person in Kur­dis­tan whether he or she wants to vote for Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence or want the re­gion to stay as part of Iraq.

It has been men­tioned in the state­ment also that it was pos­si­ble to pre­vent the blood­shed to take place fol­low­ing the divi­sion of the for­mer Yu­goslavia if a ref­er­en­dum was held in the coun­try.

“Let’s learn a les­son from this bad ex­pe­ri­ence and let’s all sup­port the Kur­dish peo­ple. We should sup­port their choices on how they want to live.” The state­ment read.

Lillemets pre­vi­ously said: “The Kurds, just like all peo­ple, have the right to de­cide them­selves about their own fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional law.”

Last month, the Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dish Re­gion, Massoud Barzani called on the Kur­dish Par­lia­ment in Er­bil to work on fix­ing a date for a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence.

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Par­lia­ment has ap­proved a law for an in­de­pen­dent elec­toral com­mis­sion, com­ing another step closer to­ward in­de­pen­dence from Iraq. The leg­is­la­tion au­tho­rizes the com­mis­sion to hold elec­tions, ref­er­en­dums and set dates for vot­ing with­out hav­ing to re­fer to Baghdad.

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