Mas­rour Barzani calls for more mil­i­tary support from EU

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Mas­rour Barzani, Chan­cel­lor of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has told the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment to do­nate heavy weapons to Kurds in their fight against Is­lamic State (IS).

On Tues­day, Novem­ber 4, 2014, Barzani was of­fi­cially pre­sented to the EU Par­lia­ment where he gave a speech about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, IS at­tacks in north­ern Iraq and Syr­ian Kur­dis­tan, and es­pe­cially the be­sieged city of Kobani.

In his speech, Barzani called on EU au­thor­i­ties not to buckle un­der Iraqi cen­tral gov­ern­ment pres­sure to stop mil­i­tar­ily sup­port­ing Kurds whilst con­tin­u­ing to support Bagh­dad.

“IS is not only a threat to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq, in fact it’s a threat to the en­tire world. All the for­eign fight­ers that have joined IS from Europe will have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on their home coun­tries,” added Barzani in the Bel­gium cap­i­tal, Brussels.

Barzani ex­plained that there seems to be no limit to IS atroc­i­ties. They have forced thou­sands of peo­ple to flee their homes in north­ern Iraq. He pointed to the Sin­jar tragedy as an ex­am­ple of IS ac­tions that led to thou­sands of peo­ple dy­ing of star­va­tion and de­hy­dra­tion. They have sold thou­sands of Yazidi and Christian women into slav­ery; ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing that much of it is sex­ual.

Barzani fo­cused on the United States led coali­tion airstrikes, telling his au­di­ence that the strikes have had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces.

“The airstrikes have been a fac­tor in res­cu­ing thou­sands of civil­ians and have en­abled our Pesh­merga forces to lib­er­ate many towns and vil­lages,’ added Barzani.

Re­gard­ing the cur­rent re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the Iraqi gov­ern­ment, Barzani crit­i­cized Bagh­dad’s po­si­tion, say­ing that Iraqi au­thor­i­ties have not sup­ported them dur­ing the re­cent clashes against IS mil­i­tants.

“The Iraq cen­tral gov­ern­ment has not helped us in our fight against IS mil­i­tants and they have cut our bud­get and Pesh­merga salaries, in a time when Pesh­merga forces are pro­tect­ing Iraq. Cur­rently the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion hosts more than one mil­lion refugees and un­for­tu­nately Bagh­dad has not sup­ported us in this cri­sis, ei­ther,” added Barzani.

He also ac­cused Bagh­dad of try­ing to pre­vent the EU from sup­port­ing Kurds and send­ing them heavy weapons.

“We have come here to tell the EU to keep sup­port­ing us and send us heavy weapons. The weapons that have been sent to us from EU coun­tries are small and medium weapons, not the heavy weapons we re­quire,’ ex­plained Barzani.

Mas­rour Barzani, Chan­cel­lor of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has told the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment to do­nate heavy weapons to Kurds in their fight against Is­lamic State (IS).

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