Mas­rour Barzani to ZDF TV: Kurds have the right to self- de­ter­mi­na­tion

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The Chan­cel­lor of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Head of Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (KRSC) Mas­rour Barzani said dur­ing an in­ter­view with the Ger­man TV chan­nel ZDF, that the best way to find out the de­mands of the Kurds is the di­rect hold­ing of the ref­er­en­dum and lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and find out what they want for their fu­ture. He added that the Kur­dish na­tion like any other na­tion has the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and to draw their own fu­ture.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion about the sup­port re­ceived from the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion, train­ing for the Pesh­marga forces and what the Kurds want more

Barzani replied, "We thank all the coun­tries, es­pe­cially Ger­many, who have pro­vided the Pesh­marga with so­phis­ti­cated weapons that were an ef­fec­tive fac­tor in re­pelling ter­ror­ist at­tacks, but as we all know that ISIS seized large amounts of gear and so­phis­ti­cated weapons from ar­mored ve­hi­cles and heavy weapons so the Pesh­marga needs larger quan­ti­ties of ad­vanced weapons to be able to over­come ISIS’’.

The ques­tion on why Ger­many pro­vided greater sup­port for the Pesh­marga in the fight against ISIS,

Barzani said, "The prob­lem is ISIS and that it’s an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­niza- tion bring­ing peo­ple from around the world and some of them are Ger­man na­tion­als, they did not only come to par­tic­i­pate in the war, they are here to learn how to fight and how to re­cruit oth­ers and re-or­ga­nize. If they re­turn to their homes they will be­come the big­gest prob­lem for their coun­tries. "

And on en­sur­ing that the ISIS threat is elim­i­nated in Kur­dis­tan and Er­bil, Barzani said, "They tried to ex­pose Er­bil and to oc­cupy the en­tire Kur­dis­tan, but thanks to the brav­ery of Pesh­marga forces and sup­port of the coali­tion and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity forces we were able to stop them in their place, even forc­ing them to re­treat, but when they have the chance they will not hes­i­tate to at­tack us. Adding, “It is not easy to elim­i­nate the ISIS ide­ol­ogy and it will take some time to mil­i­tar­ily de­feat ISIS and elim­i­na­tion it is not dif­fi­cult, how­ever, it is not im­pos­si­ble.”

“The fight with ISIS and to de­feat them needs a reg­u­lar force that pos­sesses com­plete and so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment and a wise strat­egy, and in ad­di­tion to the ISIS fight , we must also think of ways to an­ni­hi­late their fi­nan­cial sources,”

And with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Iraqi forces in the lib­er­a­tion of the city of Mo­sul, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ad­viser, said “we have no prob­lem when the op­por­tu­nity arises, as we have worked with the Iraqi forces. There is some­thing in the bat­tle to lib­er­ate Mo­sul, and the de­ci­sion to de­ploy the Pesh­marga forces and send them out of the re­gion needs to be au­then­ti­cated by the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, as we un­der­stand the im­por­tance of lib­er­al­iza­tion of the city of Mo­sul, and cer­tainly the de­feat of ISIS in Mo­sul will be ben­e­fi­cial for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

And on sep­a­ra­tion from Iraq, Mr Barzani said “in­de­pen­dence is not a dream, and I think that is nat­u­ral rights of any na­tion and its peo­ple, the Kur­dish na­tion like any other na­tion, it has the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and to de­cide on their des­tiny. There can­not be any po­lit­i­cal de­bate on it. We be­lieve that the best way to find out what the Kur­dish peo­ple want is a di­rect ref­er­en­dum and the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan will then be de­ter­mined by their fu­ture.”

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