PM Barzani: Peaceful protests seized by narrow political interests
Prime Minister strongly hails people of Kurdistan to exercise restraint
Kurdistan regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani addressed a televised speech to the people of Kurdistan regarding the current ongoing crisis and challenges ahead of Kurdistan and the Kurdish government.
Premier Barzani mentioned the violent protests happened in several cities and towns which caused civil casualties.
“The rightful and peaceful protests has been seized by narrow political interests and irresponsible hands or parties who strived to destroy the Kurdistan Region’s components and community.”
He frankly thanked the majority of the people whose their voices have succeeded over a small group of dissatisfied voices. They raised, PM Barzani said, the voice of restraint and the voice of moderate and responsible succeeded.
Regarding the protests, PM Barzani stated that: “Expression of opinion through peaceful demonstrations is a basic right of the people and is a significant part of the KRG’s democracy.”
The Premier expressed his deep sadness and concern over the casualties of the protests in the districts of Qaladze and Kalar, expressing condolences to the family of the victims and wished fast recovery for the injured as well.
During his speech, PM Barzani very honestly declared that: “Such kinds of actions will divide the nation and the enemies of Kurdistan congratulated each other and those irresponsible people in Kurdistan who caused the protests turn violent.”
PM Barzani went on his speech and declared that the people and responsible leadership in the Kurdistan Region say that the current sensitive situation should be dealt with wisely, adding that the “seditious actions” from anyone should be prevented.
To thank those classes of the society that have had a positive role to call the people calm and restraint, PM Barzani hailed the role of Command of Peshmarga forces, non-governmental organizations and religious clerics.
KRG PM thanked those who avoided media war and the intensified environment is the social networking pages with the intention of preventing more division between the people. We should not also, PM Barzani said, forget those political parties which due to their short-term political interests set the common house of the people of Kurdistan ablaze.
On the subject of the presidential issue, Barzani announced that his party, Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP, wants to resolve it in a way that it won’t become a reason to lead Kurdistan from a crisis to a new one.
He expressed his view and said that the “people of Kurdistan” should vote on the presidency and put an end to this issue.
In the speech, PM Barzani shed light on salary distribution of the KRG employees saying that his cabinet has always listened to complains of the loyal employees who have not received their salaries for months.
“To resolve this issue in addition to external threats, the KRG has been trying hard to find necessary resources to pay the employees.”
His major goal as the KRG Prime Minister is to guarantee Kurdistan Region’s economic independence, Barzani said.
He also criticized some politicians who have been struggling to make this journey more complicated, stressing on keeping the promises and goals.
Regarding struggle of the Peshmarga forces, PM Barzani said that: “The blood colour of the Peshmarga fighters is neither yellow, referring to the colour of his party’s flag, nor green, referring to colour of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s flag. But they protect Kurdistan with all the components as they fight for a bright future without considering different ideol- ogies, political parties, and areas, social and religious backgrounds.”
Premier Barzani said that like the majority of the people of Kurdistan, he believes that common interests are more significant than the small differences between the parties.
At the end of his speech, PM Barzani concluded that: “Let’s seize the current difficult time to create a bright future for the Kurdistan Region and its new generation.”
He strongly thanked the people of Kurdistan to exercise restraint and moderate behaviours through the peaceful demands.