PM Barzani down­plays in­de­pen­dence and as­sures peo­ple of a brighter fu­ture

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KRG Prime Min­is­ter an­swered the con­tro­ver­sial ques­tion re­gard­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a Kur­dish state and said that the KRG is seek­ing more power in Iraq rather than in­de­pen­dence cur­rently.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s PM, Nechir­van Barzani, de­liv­ered a speech in the sec­ond day of the Mid­dle East Re­search In­sti­tute’s fo­rum in Er­bil say­ing that “Iraqi fed­er­al­ism has failed” and the Kurds are seek­ing greater au­ton­omy.

He stated that greater au­ton­omy is a right­ful en­ti­tle­ment for the Kurds, not for the de­struc­tion of Iraq.

PM Barzani’s speech was a pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion down­play­ing the prospect of in­de­pen­dence as Is­lamic State changed its tac­tics from at­tack­ing Bagh­dad to at­tack­ing Kur­dis­tan after seiz­ing a large swath of ter­ri­tory in North­ern Iraq.

The Kur­dish of­fi­cials warned Bagh­dad frankly about pos­si­ble break up from Iraq even after Is­lamic State took the city of Mo­sul.

Premier Barzani also said that “We are cer­tain; how­ever, we are on the right path head­ing to­wards a brighter fu­ture”. Com­pared with many coun­tries in the Mid­dle East, Barzani said, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has be­come a pos­i­tive ex­am­ple of “suc­cess­ful progress” to­ward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and open­ness.

Pro­tect­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery­one who sup­ports democ­racy and free­dom, PM Barzani said.

“This pro­tec­tion of­fers hope to many who care about democ­racy, tol­er­ance, peace­ful co­ex­is­tence, and the rights of the mi­nori­ties.”

Amid ter­ror and mas­sacre in Iraq as part of the big­ger pic­ture of the Mid­dle East, PM Barzani said, "Peo­ple should not over­look and for­get the fact that dur­ing the past decade the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has played a vi­tal role in Iraq as a “sta­bi­liz­ing force”.

“We can­not ig­nore the threat we face in our fight against an ex­tremely vi­cious force car­ry­ing the flag of the so-called Is­lamic State. "For us, it is an ex­is­ten­tial threat,” he said, adding that “the KRG needs mil­i­tary, hu­man­i­tar­ian, eco­nomic, in­tel­li­gence, and moral support from our friends abroad.”

The main chal­lenge in the Mid­dle East is how to de­ter­mine mu­tual prin­ci­ples to­gether, agree on them, and then abide and live by them?

“In its short demo­cratic ex­pe­ri­ence, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has proved to be an ex­am­ple of sta­bil­ity for all neigh­bour­ing coun­tries,” said KRG Premier Barzani.

Re­gard­ing the KRG’s oil pol­icy and the ben­e­fit of it for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, Barzani said that the KRG’s mod­ern oil pol­icy is help­ing to rapidly meet do­mes­tic de­mands of elec­tric­ity and fuel and has added Kur­dis­tan on the world’s en­ergy map.

“Th­ese steps to­gether of­fer hope to Kur­dis­tan and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries that peace and co­ex­is­tence are not im­pos­si­ble in the Mid­dle East.”

At the end of his speech, PM Barzani said: “I hope that Kur­dis­tan’s ex­pe­ri­ence can be­come a torch to light the way to­ward a new Mid­dle East that re­spects all its peo­ple equally, acts with open­ness, helps each other con­front ter­ror­ism, pro­tects hu­man and mi­nor­ity rights, re­vi­tal­izes our coun­tries, im­proves pub­lic ser­vices, and of­fers a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that is com­pat­i­ble with life in this era.”

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s PM, Nechir­van Barzani, de­liv­ered a speech in the sec­ond day of the Mid­dle East Re­search In­sti­tute’s fo­rum in Er­bil say­ing that “Iraqi fed­er­al­ism has failed” and the Kurds are seek­ing greater au­ton­omy.

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