Pres­i­dent Barzani: Kurds won’t give up self-de­ter­mi­na­tion right

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Kur­dis­tan's Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani re­it­er­ated on Tues­day that his peo­ple would never aban­don their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Kur­dish Pres­i­dency, the news agency quoted Barzani dur­ing a meet­ing with the Coun­cil of Do­huk gover­norate, as say­ing that ter­ror­ists, in ref­er­ence to the Is­lamic State, were able to over­whelm the armies of two states, threaten Kur­dis­tan and com­mit­ted crimes against hu­man­ity in Sin­jar, in the north­ern part of Iraq, but in the end, the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces de­feated the ter­ror­ists.

Barzani stressed that, "Per­haps the en­e­mies imag­ined that through ter­ror­ist at­tacks the Kur­dish peo­ple would be forced to aban­don their le­git­i­mate rights, par­tic­u­larly the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion." How­ever," he in­sisted: "There is no force able to sup­press the iron will of our peo­ple, and we will never give up the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion."

Do­huk is the Kur­dish prov­ince clos­est to Nin­eveh prov­ince in north­ern Iraq, where the majority of dis­placed Iraqis have sought refuge after the Is­lamic State seized con­trol of Mo­sul city in June.

Barzani also said “I am happy to see all the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, and re­li­gious en­ti­ties are work­ing with each other as one team. We all be­long to one place which is the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion; we all have to de­cide ei­ther to live proudly or die to­gether.”

Barzani ap­pre­ci­ated the peo­ple of Duhok prov­ince for gen­er­ously em­brac­ing the peo­ple who have been forced to leave their homes.

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