In response to the Press Release posted on
By Baqi Barzani -
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, or AMSI, has
lately posted a Press Release on its official
website, condemning the statements by the President
of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on our
secession and self-determination rights. To read the
entire text, click or copy and paste the below link:
Three major points are put emphasis on in their
statement. Here is the exact excerpt:
First: The Kurdish politicians from our beloved
north no longer represent our Kurdish community.
Today they are in the circle of charge because they
are involved in collusion with the occupiers in the
invasion of the country, in the implementation of
its destructive projects of the country. The latest
surveys indicate that more than 90 % of the Kurdish
people reject secession.
Second: The sons of our Kurdish people did not have
problems with the rest of the Iraqi people or ethnic
discrimination. The problems were derived from the
Kurdish leaders who have imposed these things on the
Kurdish people. The leadership was supported from
abroad to achieve foreign agendas.
Third: The Kurdish politicians are linked to the
agenda of the Zionist entity in dividing the region.
Between the parties there is complete coordination
on separation schemes.
In response to their false claims:
First: You and your barely hundred-member
organization can’t, don’t and won’t represent the 6
million Kurds in South of Kurdistan (Iraq). The
recent survey by your baseless and unrecognized
organization is nothing more than another
fabrication and distortion. Every Kurd in South of
Kurdistan is pro-independence if the occupying
totalitarian regimes respect the right of
self-determination of the oppressed nations.
According to legitimate referendums, 99% of
Kurdistani citizens voted in favor of establishing a
Kurdish state. Americans were the biggest objectors
and preventers of such a plan in order to preserve
the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq.
Second: The Kurds are the most peace-loving and
harmony-seeking people in Iraq. They have never
discriminated intentionally against other ethnic
groups. It is the neighboring states that try to
impose their respective will and openly meddle into
Kurdish internal affairs. A plain example was the
consecutive aerial strikes on defenseless Kurdish
civilians by Turkish and Iranian militaries.
Discrimination, denial of Kurdish rights and
marginalization against Kurds continue even in the
post-Saddam Iraq by Pro-Saddam and Ba’athist
elements, in particular in Kurdish Kirkuk and other
disputed areas. No affirmative initiatives have been
taken by the central government in this regards.
Third: Like every other nation in the world, the 40
plus million stateless Kurds reserve full right to
seek secession, should its citizens someday demand
for it. As it can be discerned taking place all over
will no longer tolerate oppression and dictatorship.
They will topple totalitarian, extremist, terrorist
and fundamentalist regimes. Kurds in Iran, Syria,
Turkey, and Iraq are not excluded, as well.
Baqi Barzani is a Kurdish citizen of Sought
Kurdistan [Iraq]. He advocates the notion of "
establishing an independent Kurdish state". He
contributes to various Kurdish media outlets,
especially ekurd.net. You may reach the author via
email at: [email protected]
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