Mi­rani: Kurds will never make con­ces­sion on their lands

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The Sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Polit­buro Fazil Mi­rani, in an in­ter­view with Za­gros Satel­lite TV chan­nel, talked about the se­cu­rity con­di­tions, Is­lamic State, po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The Sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Polit­buro Fazil Mi­rani, in an in­ter­view with Za­gros Satel­lite TV chan­nel, talked about the se­cu­rity con­di­tions, Is­lamic State, po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Mi­rani said that Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan, Mas­soud Bazani, has al­ways been very co­op­er­a­tive with the in­ter­na­tional coali­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the war against the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ists; Barz­nai ac­tu­ally su­per­vises the war and is aware of all de­vel­op­ments.

Mi­rani praised some Arab coun­tries that have been play­ing good roles in fight­ing against IS. “The Arab coun­tries have bet­ter stand­point nowa­days.”

Con­cern­ing the role of Pesh­merge in the war, Mi­rani said “Pesh­merge play a ma­jor role in the war against IS and the Kur­dish forces have taken big re­spon­si­bil­ity since the Iraqi Army is not or­ga­nized and is not ca­pa­ble of fight­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally.”

Mi­rani thinks that the Iraqi armed forces have to be re­formed. And the Iraqi gov­ern­ment has to ben­e­fit from the im­proved re­la­tions be­tween Bagh­dad and Kur­dis­tan in this re­spect.

Speak­ing about the dis­puted ar­eas es­pe­cially Kirkuk prov­ince, Mi­rani said Kurds will never make con­ces­sion on Kirkuk and other dis­puted ar­eas. “We never want war. We al­ways want to solve the land is­sues through peace­ful means and di­a­logue, but if things go other way we are ready to de­fend our land.”

After the IS at­tacks on Kur­dis­tan, some peo­ple said Kurds would for­get the ques­tion of in­de­pen­dence, but Mi­rani said "Kur­dish lead­er­ship never aban­dons this im­por­tant ques­tion. We are still in­sis­tent on hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence.”

Mi­rani re­jected to iden­tify a spe­cific date to get rid of all IS groups in Iraq and Kur­dis­tan. Mi­rani be­lieves that at­tempts have to be made to cut the fi­nan­cial sources of IS and pro­tect­ing the bor­ders in or­der to erad­i­cate the ter­ror­ist group. “I see a big changes in the map of the area. I hope Kurds can gain more and can have a bet­ter pic­ture in the po­lit­i­cal map of the fu­ture.”

When asked if amending con­sti­tu­tion draft is nec­es­sary be­fore it is passed by Par­lia­ment, Mi­rani replied “All the opin­ions and ap­proaches of the dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties on the draft have been taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. A com­mit- tee con­sist­ing of mem­bers from inside and out­side of the Par­lia­ment is ex­pected to be formed to re­view and amend the draft in a way that all the sides can be sat­is­fied.”

In or­der to make a bet­ter un­der­stat­ing among the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, Mi­rani thinks all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties have to work to­gether peace­fully in Kur­dis­tan. He also said that Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) and Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) need to work on im­prov­ing their re­la­tions.

Mi­rani also dis­closed that KDP polit­buro has de­cided to de­lay hold­ing KDP’s 14th congress due to the cur­rent se­cu­rity is­sues in the re­gion. “The party congress post­pone­ment is only for one year. I hope that does not last for a longer time. I hope it will be held in the near­est fu­ture.” Con­cluded Fazil Mi­rani.

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