Mas­rour Barzani: Kurds’ Self-De­ter­mi­na­tion His­tor­i­cally Pre­vented

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (KRSC) Chan­cel­lor Mas­rour Barzani stated last Mon­day that Kurds have been his­tor­i­cally pre­vented from de­cid­ing on self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Barzani pointed out that self-de­ter­mi­na­tion is a nat­u­ral right of all peo­ples, “We have the right [to an in­de­pen­dent coun­try] when­ever we want. Many coun­tries now rec­og­nize the his­tory of be­tray­als against the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and our right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion,” Barzani said in an in­ter­view with Gu­lan, a Kur­dish mag­a­zine.

Re­fer­ring to a ref­er­en­dum planned later in the year, he stated that its re­sults will prove the best ev­i­dence re­gard­ing what the peo­ple of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion de­sire. “We have to re­mem­ber that the ref­er­en­dum means show­ing the peo­ple's de­sires, not declar­ing in­de­pen­dence,” he ex­plained.

Con­tin­u­ing, Barzani added, “Re­sults will be a pow­er­ful tool for wishes of our na­tion. Political par­ties must put na­tional in­ter­ests above spe­cial & nar­row in­ter­ests.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, he men­tioned that Ma­soud Barzani, Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, un­der­stands to­day’s geopo­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties and that declar­ing Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence alone will not solve ev­ery is­sue.

KRSC Chan­cel­lor con­tin­ued, “It is vi­tal for us to main­tain di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tions with su­per­pow­ers, and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially the govern­ment in Bagh­dad, to ex­plain that fed­er­al­ism and other pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ing sys­tems didn’t work. We are bet­ter off liv­ing as peace­ful neigh­bors and al­lies to pre­vent fur­ther in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.”

The Chan­cel­lor also touched upon the fi­nan­cial cri­sis in the Re­gion, stat­ing that it is cru­cial to have a ro­bust eco­nomic sys­tem.

“KRG should con­sider the opin­ion of peo­ple in cre­at­ing eco­nomic poli­cies,” he added.

Re­gard­ing Pesh­merga forces, the Chan­cel­lor re­vealed that Pesh­merga's pri­mary needs in­volve the is­sue of salaries.

Dis­cussing bi­lat­eral is­sues be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad he ex­plained, “Bagh­dad of­fi­cials must un­der­stand that since they do not ac­cept Kurds as their real part­ner in the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern- ment, it is time to sep­a­rate peace­fully and be­come two strong al­lies.”

“An agree­ment for peace­ful sep­a­ra­tion will also de­crease the op­po­si­tion to Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence from some re­gional coun­tries,” Chan­cel­lor Barzani con­cluded.

Re­cently, Pres­i­dent Barzani re­leased a state­ment on Feb. 2 em­pha­siz­ing the Kur­dish in­sis­tence on hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum, stat­ing that self-de­ter­mi­na­tion is a nat­u­ral right that can­not be de­nied un­der any pre­text or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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