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