Mirani: No referendum needed if we agree with Baghdad and neighbors on independence
Fazil Mirani, Secretary of the Politbureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party ( KDP) states that they are trying to settle the issue of Kurdish independence with Baghdad amicably and with mutual understanding.
“In such a case, we don’t even need to conduct referendum,” says Mirani. “We want to talk to our neighbors in a contemporary language and tell them we want to live in peace and keep away from war and hostility. We want to improve our universities, develop our country, and satisfy our nation.”
In a press conference in Suleimaniya and responding to questions by journalists regarding the agreement between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Gorran Movement, Mirani said KDP’s stance towards this issue is clear in the official statement by the KDP politbureau.
The KDP official also talked about the economic and political crises in Kurdistan and said lack of parliament is not the factor behind the economic crisis in the region, as it is a global phenomenon and it has affected the whole region.
Talking about a possible visit of a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad, Mirani said they want to visit Baghdad and talk about partnership.
“Two days ago a delegation from Baghdad visited me,” added Mirani. “I asked them can’t you one day talk to us more open mindedly and ask us why we want to separate from Iraq. You [Iraqi government] haven’t divided our land; other big countries have divided it.”