Barzani: Kurdistan Holding Referendum This Year
"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."