UNSC’s Resolution 688 Helped Us Shape Our Destiny: PM Barzani
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UNSC’s Resolution 688 Helped Us Shape Our Destiny: PM Barzani

ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 688 and the Operation Provide Comfort in 1991 not only saved the Kurds, but also helped them shape their destiny, said Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani.

The Kurdish leader made the remark during a webinar attended by Kurdish and British officials on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of the international community’s intervention to protect the Kurds against the brutality of the Baath regime in 1991.

“Through UNSC Resolution 688 and Operation Provide Comfort, the global community came together to support a compelling humanitarian intervention and save Kurdistan,” PM Barzani pointed out. “The intervention not only protected us, but set us on a course to shape our destiny.”

The Kurdish premier also underscored the decisive role of former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, who also attended the videoconference.

“We’ve gone from a persecuted minority in Iraq to an advocate for others fleeing violence and persecution, from Iraq and Syria, Kurds and Arabs, Christians and Yazidis. This was reaffirmed last month when His Holiness Pope Francis visited [Kurdistan].”

The Kurdistan Region’s prime minister went on to say that the resolution and the subsequent Safe Haven initiative, laid the foundation for a lasting partnership between the Kurdistan Region and the UK, US, Europe and others.

Shedding light also on the central role of the Kurdistan Region in defeating the Islamic State (IS), PM Barzani asked the international community to not only help the Kurdistan Region maintain the momentum that has been achieved, but also to “underwrite all that we will go on to accomplish”.