ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani released a statement on Sunday, urging the people of Kurdistan to remain committed to the Kurdistan’s peaceful culture of coexistence and tolerance in the course of the independence bid.
Kurdistan Region’s people have passed through adverse experiences with the Iraqi governments over the past 100 years during which the people of Kurdistan faced genocide and chemical attacks and the partnership in the country has been violated, Barzani said. He noted “Kurdistan nation has decided to hold a referendum to step towards independence to achieve peace and prevent further conflicts and wars.”
Barzani explained that the move towards independence is a legitimate and natural right of the people in Kurdistan and does not go against any divine or human principles.
“The achievement of this right is not, in any form, against an ethnic or religious component of Iraq, it is rather intended to build a strong formula to prevent severing the historical ties between the Iraqi and Kurdistan nations,” the statement reads.
Barzani warned against any behaviors affecting brotherhood and coexistence, stressing that such behaviors have nothing to do with the supreme values of Kurdistan Region’s people and the policy of the region.
While stepping towards independence, the brutal treatment of the Iraqi former regimes towards Kurdistan’s people should not impact the brotherhood between the Kurdish and Iraqi nations, the statement continues.
The statement explained that the independence referendum won’t have an impact on the friendly relations between the two nations, it will even further deepen those relations, adding that the Iraqi people have all been the victim of dictatorial regimes in Baghdad and were on the same front with Kurdistan’s people.
The statement called on the people of Kurdistan to take into consideration the values of the historical culture of brotherhood and coexistence among the diverse ethnic and religious components while expressing their will and asking for their rights.
However, the people of Iraq need to know that Kurdistan’s people have not been the factor of harming the unity, coexistence and violating partnership in Iraq, but rather the oppressing regimes and their policy of denial were main factors that destroyed coexistence and unity.