21 October 2004
Referendum Campaign for Independent Kurdistan
To Kofi Annan
Dear Mr. Annan,
As you might be aware, in response to a demand
raised during demonstrations held recently in Iraqi
Kurdistan asking for people’s right to determine
their own destiny in a free referendum, Khazi Ajil
Yawar, the installed Iraqi president was reported on
October5 , 2004 as saying, “What we will not
tolerate is the issue of secession, as secession
mounts to an act of treason and therefore will fight
against it” he was also reported to stress “we will
kill those who wants to separate”
These remarks are an outright threat against
millions of citizens in Iraqi Kurdistan by someone
who is appointed to the position of the president of
the Iraqi state. It is a clear violation of the UN’s
charter on human rights and of international laws.
In compliance with international conventions and
laws we bring this violation by Mr. Yawar to your
attention and we send this letter as a civil law
suit against Mr. Yawar before United Nations to be
reviewed and decided upon.
1. The right of oppressed nations to decide
their own destiny is one of the articles of the
United Nation’s convention. Clearly this article
should be applied to the people of Kurdistan who
have been long subjected to national oppression. Mr.
Yawar denies this right for the people in Kurdistan
and refers to it as treason. He publicly announces
that he will kill the people in Kurdistan who their
masses give a big weight to this demand.
2. The United Nations’ resolution 688 passed
in 1991 is to protect Kurds against a possible
attack by the central government. Today Mr. Yawar
who has issued the above mention threat against the
people of Kurdistan replaces Saddam Hussein.
Therefore, in principle, the same resolution and
stand by the United Nations is relevant today and
accordingly the people of Kurdistan should be
protected against any attack by the current central
3. The United Nations was a party in the
process of installing Yawar as the president of Iraq
and therefore it is responsible for his deeds before
the Iraqi people and people of Kurdistan in
particular. Yawar’s threat against the people of
Kurdistan has been made by a president installed by
the UN and therefore the United Nations’ general
Secretary should take a stand on his behavior.
We, send you the list of names of thousands of
people who so far have had the chance to sign this
letter to express their outrage at the chauvinist
remarks made by Mr. Yawar and to demand that the
Iraqi Interim Government withdraws these remarks. We
demand that the United Nations and its General
Secretary take stand in accordance with the UN’s
charters and condemn these remarks.
The United Nations’ silence toward Mr. Yawar’s
threat increases the possibility of a nationalist
and chauvinist war against the Iraqi people and
seriously damages the credibility of the UN’s claims
in regard to protecting human and democracy in Iraq.
We, the outraged people of Kurdistan and supporters
of people in Kurdistan take the right to struggle
and demonstrate to achieve the above demands against
such silence toward these threats made against us
At the same time we demand that the United Nations,
which adopts the right of people of different
nations to self determination to formally recognize
this right for people in Kurdistan. We also demand
that the United Nations show willingness to
supervise a referendum for people of Iraqi Kurdistan
to decide to stay with Iraq or separate and
establish their own independent state.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
In charge of the Referendum campaign for
Independent Iraqi Kurdistan
October18 , 2004
REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN FOR INDEPENDENT KURDISTAN
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