PM Barzani: Kurds Won’t Announce Independence Through Violence
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani took stage with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu on the second day of Middle East Research Institute (MERI) Forum in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region.
During his speech, PM Barzani said that Kurdistan does not want to stay with Iraq by force and it is the right of the Kurds to call for independence peacefully.
“If we want to obtain independence -- which is a right -- we are not going to do it through violence,” Barzani said, adding that Baghdad will always remain a partner.
During the panel, which was entitled as “Future of Iraq, Rule of Law and Reform of the Institutions”, Barzani said Kurdistan has been always worked to become a factor of stability in the region.
Concerning the war against self-declared Islamic State (known as IS, ISIS/ISIL), the Premier said: “We had never thought that a group called ISIS would attack the Kurdistan Region in 2014.” He added that Turkey, Iran and many other countries helped Kurdis- tan, stressing that without the assistance of the coalition forces to the Kurdish Peshmerga, the KRG’s mission to fight ISIS would have been difficult.
In what has become a frontline topic for the MERI Forum, Barzani touched on the failure of the federal government to implement a constitution written several years ago.
“In the current state of Iraq, we have waited for 12 or 13 years for an imple- mentable constitution. Today in Iraq we should hold serious dialogue into how to restructure this country, with realism. Wherever Kurds go, Baghdad stays as a key partner,” he said.
Relating to the Erbil-An- kara trade relations, PM Barzani said: “The level of the mutual relations is strategic and is not on the account of another party.”
To support his remarks, PM Barzani recounted memories when Turkey helped protect the Kurdistan Region in 1991 to establish a no-fly zone and safe haven for the Kurds against the former Baath regime of Saddam Hussein.
“Turkey has opened a huge trade door towards the Kurdistan Region,” Premier Barzani said in the forum.
PM Barzani asked to talk about the peace process in Turkey and said that the KRG has been and will continue to play a role to encourage both Turkish and Kurdish parties to resolve the disputes through dialogue peacefully.
According to Barzani’s speech, the Kurdish HDP party made a mistake by rejecting offers to join the Turkish government after June elections.