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President Barzani slams Iraqi parliament vote that rejected Kurdish referendum

2017/09/13 | 17:20

(Iraq Now News)- AKRE, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish President Masoud Barzani has slammed Tuesday’s vote by the Iraqi parliament that rejected the Kurdish independence referendum.

He said the vote is a clear example of what the Iraqi parties call a political majority where Shiite and Sunni Arab MPs constitute the majority of seats in the Iraqi parliament.

Barzani said Wednesday evening that he calls on the Iraqi parliament to reconsider their decision as they cannot break the will of the people of Kurdistan.

Commenting on the remarks made by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who said Tuesday that the Kurds will “lose” all their achievements they secured since the US-led Iraqi invasion of Iraq in 2003 if the vote goes ahead, Barzani said those who make such remarks think as though they are the ones who provided such rights to the Kurdish people.

He said that the Kurds in Iraq achieved their constitutional rights because they paid for it in blood for decades.

He said the Kurdistan nation would not give too much weight to such “threats”.

The Iraqi government opposes the Kurdish vote calling it unconstitutional and one that threatens the unity of Iraq.

The Kurdistan region which has called for the vote accuses the Iraqi government of having violated about one-third of the Iraqi constitution.

President Barzani reiterated that the new Iraq founded about14 years ago after toppling the former Iraqi regime has failed.“It is becoming clearer day after day that the new logic too is not the logic that accepts partnership,” Barzani said as he drew similarity between the former Iraqi regime that committed a genocidal campaign against the Kurds and the new Iraqi government in place for over a decade.Barzani told the crowd in Akre that the Kurdish people have to put the past era behind when foreign countries through various agreements decided to divide the Kurdish land without taking into consideration the will of the Kurdish people.“The time has come for the people of Kurdistan to say enough [to] Algeria, Lausanne, or Sykes–Picot to come and determine our fate.

The time has come for the people of Kurdistan to make its own decision and to determine its fate on its own," Barzani said as hem mentioned the names for different treaties that disadvantaged the Kurdish people at different stages. 

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