“Time is suit­able to Hold Ref­er­en­dum”

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani says that the time has come for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan to make a de­ci­sion through a ref­er­en­dum on their fu­ture. In a state­ment on Tues­day, he also crit­i­cized those who have made hos­tile state­ments about the hold­ing of a ref­er­en­dum in Kur­dis­tan.

“In the last few days, a num­ber of lo­cal and re­gional politi­cians have made in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­fair state­ments in ex­press­ing their op­po­si­tion to the right of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan to de­cide their fu­ture through a ref­er­en­dum.”

The Pres­i­dent said that time is now ripe for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan to de­cide their fu­ture. His mes­sage went on say that there is a golden op­por­tu­nity for a ref­er­en­dum which must be seized.

"The time has come and the con­di­tions are now suit­able for the peo­ple to make a de­ci­sion through a ref­er­en­dum on their fu­ture. This ref­er­en­dum would not nec­es­sar­ily lead to im­me­di­ate dec­la­ra­tion of state­hood, but rather to know the will and opin­ion of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan about their fu­ture and for Kur­dis­tan’s political lead­er­ship to im­ple­ment this will at the ap­pro­pri­ate time and cir­cum­stances,” said a state­ment by the Pres­i­dent.

Barzani met with mem­bers of the Kur­dish par­lia­ment in the sum­mer of 2014 and asked them to set a date for hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence, which he stressed in his lat­est mes­sage must go ahead re­gard­less of what op­po­nents say.

"If the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan ex­pect oth­ers to present the right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion to them as a gift, in­de­pen­dence will never be achieved. That right ex­ists and the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan must de­mand it and ex­er­cise it," the Pres­i­dent said.

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