ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said that they expect the world to recognize all what the Kurds have done for them, in reference to the war against Islamic State (IS).
“I think that we have done for the world is many times more than what the world has done for us. We expect this to be recognized,” Barzani said in a recent interview with BuzzFeed News.
Barzani noted that if they didn’t fight IS, the extremist organization wouldn’t have stoped in Kurdistan. “Yes, we are protecting ourselves, but if we were not here, ISIS wouldn’t stop in Kurdistan,” he said.
The Kurdish senior official further said that they have proven to the world that they “deserve to be treated as equal to every other nation.”
Referring to the crimes committed against Kurds over the past decades, Barzani remarked “For a hundred years we’ve been subject to genocide and injustice. It’s enough.”
“What would make [the West] convinced that we deserve a better life? Sacrifice? We’ve made the sacrifice. Loyalty? We’re loyal. Friendship? We’re the most trusted friends the West has. And what do we need in return? All we need is equality. We want to be the same as you are,” Barzani argued.
Regarding the future state of Kurdistan, the Kurdish top security official said they will present a better model than other countries in the Middle East.
“I don’t think that Kurdistan should be like the rest of the Middle East. I want Kurdistan to be better. We want to present a better model,” he emphasized.
Commenting on the outstanding disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, Barzani said “No one denies that there are serious issues with Baghdad. We have to tackle these problems and find a solution. There are two ways to do that. You either use force, or you do it using peaceful means.”
He added that “We don’t want any war. We are tired of dying. We are tired of running. We are tired of being destroyed. We are tired of living this life, and we want peace. But peace doesn’t mean surrender. Peace doesn’t mean subordination.”