Press TV have reported that the President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has called for a non-binding independence referendum.

“That referendum does not mean proclaiming statehood, but rather to know the will and opinion of the Kurdish people about independence and for the Kurdish political leadership to execute the will of the people at the appropriate time and conditions,” said Barzani in a statement published on his website on Tuesday.

He added that “the situation is now suitable” for Kurds to decide about their fate.

“If the people of Kurdistan are waiting for someone else to present the right of self-determination as a gift, independence will never be obtained. That right exists and the people of Kurdistan must demand it and put it into motion,” Barzani noted.

Over the past few years, Iraq’s Kurdish region has attempted to increase its semi-autonomy by constructing an independent oil pipeline to Turkey and conducting other oil exports. But the presence of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq and Syria and a global decline in oil prices have brought the region close to insolvency.

“Our region has witnessed too many disasters and change is on the way and the Kurds haven’t caused any of it. The Kurds have only been the victims while others have brought disasters and conflict to the region,” he said.

In the past, Barzani has made similar calls for a referendum without setting a specific timetable or date.

“The same way that Scotland, Catalonia and Quebec and other places have the right to express their opinions about their destiny, Kurdistan too has the right, and it’s non-negotiable,” he said.

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Ron Chandler
Ron Chandler
2016-02-03 03:59

Hey Barfly, if you think Baghdad is going to let you form your own little dictatorship allied to Mossad gngsters, you’ve got another think coming.

Shujaat Hussain Abbasi
Shujaat Hussain Abbasi
2016-02-03 04:29
Donatien LeBlanc
Donatien LeBlanc
2016-02-03 04:58
fred
fred
2016-02-04 16:09

Of course they did. The original US NeoCom goal was to break Iraq up into 3 warring pieces so Iraqi oil could be more easily controlled. This move is intended to get ahead of Russia getting involved to unify Iraq.

DespoilerofHope
DespoilerofHope
2016-02-03 03:24

Rojava next.

Santiago Jose Katzenstein
Santiago Jose Katzenstein
2016-02-03 04:17

Yep, it was about to come sooner or later…

One Ummah one body
One Ummah one body
2016-02-03 13:18

It shouldn’t they’ll be spies for the yahouds

Abid Sayed
Abid Sayed
2016-02-03 05:46

this was going to happen!!!

One Ummah one body
One Ummah one body
2016-02-03 13:19
Reply to  Abid Sayed

It shouldn’t