Barzani: Kur­dis­tan Hold­ing Ref­er­en­dum This Year

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"In­shal­lah this year a ref­er­en­dum will be held," said Barzani dur­ing an in­ter­view with Swiss news­pa­per Neue Züricher Zeitung. "Kur­dis­tan is ripe for in­de­pen­dence,” he con­tin­ued.

Barzani has stressed the rights of in­di­vid­ual na­tions, not­ing that na­tions have to be con­sulted whether they want to live within bor­ders or not.

"No res­o­lu­tion can be im­posed and any new res­o­lu­tion now has to be made through ref­er­en­dum," Barzani said. "Each na­tion has its own nat­u­ral bor­ders, and those bor­ders that have been drawn through the use of force should not be main­tained any­more."

Barzani also talked about the Sykes-Pi­cot agree­ment through which the bound­aries of the Mid­dle East were drawn through use of force by su­per­power na­tions.

"The strong forces drew the bor­ders, but now those bor­ders are es­sen­tially de­stroyed.” Barzani said. “The time has come for this cur­rent re­al­ity to be ad­mit­ted and ac­cepted.”

“There is a re­spon­si­bil­ity on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity not to in­sist more and more on the suf­fer­ing of the peo­ple of Iraq,” Barzani added. “In­stead they should search for a real res­o­lu­tion for Iraq and the re­gion, oth­er­wise war and con­flict will con­tinue and the global peace will be threat­ened.”

"Un­doubt­edly, we wel­come the re­al­ity that our 4050 mil­lion per­son na­tion has to have a state of its own,” he said. “But we must also con­sider the fact that we are di­vided into four parts. And each part has a unique sit­u­a­tion and should find a so­lu­tion with their cen­tral gov­ern­ments."

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