Swedish Green Party supports Kurdish independence
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.