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Minority groups want leading positions in future Kurdistan state

By Rudaw 1/9/2017
A meeting between the High Referendum Council and representatives of the minority groups living in the Kurdistan Region including Turkmen, Christians and Armenians. Photo: Rudaw video
A meeting between the High Referendum Council and representatives of the minority groups living in the Kurdistan Region including Turkmen, Christians and Armenians. Photo: Rudaw video
 
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Minority groups living in the Kurdistan Region, including Turkmen, Christians and Armenians, submitted a 50-point petition to the High Referendum Council (HRC), calling for the protection of their rights and the allocation of positions in a future Kurdistan state.
 
The Turkmen have also said that they should hold the position of deputy president of Kurdistan.
 
“Among the underlying points, we asked to be involved in the leading positions including the presidency, government, parliament, and judiciary council,” Jawdat Najar, an MP from the Turkmen Development faction in the Kurdistan parliament, told Rudaw.
 
In the petition presented to the HRC, “we asked the position of the deputy president to be given to the Turkmen nation," Najar added.
 
The minority groups want to receive guaranteed protection of their political and cultural rights, including the free practice of religion, before the declaration of a Kurdistan state.
 
Yirwanet Nyssan Markos, an Armenian MP from the Kurdistan parliament, said they want “A civil state to be established and for ethnic and religious groups to feel confident” in their religious, cultural, and language rights.
 
The HRC, working to organize the September 25 referendum and lay the foundation of the Kurdistan state, has guaranteed minorities that the new state will be for all, on equal basis. 
 
“All the demands were reasonable and logical,” Khalil Ibrahim, a member of the HRC from the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) told Rudaw.
 
The discriminatory actions of Iraq against the Kurdistan Region in the past should not be practiced in a future Kurdistan state, Ibrahim added, stressing that the rights, languages, and identities of the minorities must be preserved.
 
The HRC has appointed a coordinator to work with minorities to prepare a document that sets out the rights they want to have in a future independent Kurdistan. After an August 23 meeting, the council released a statement saying they were prepared to offer guarantees that secure minority rights.
 
“The meeting fully believes in real partnership between the national and religious components of Kurdistan and supports all types of guarantees to secure their rights,” the statement read.
 
The HRC, chaired by Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani, set the September 25 referendum date in a meeting on July 7 at which representatives of minority groups were in attendance.
 
Barzani addressed a gathering of various minorities in Erbil on Tuesday where he said an independent Kurdistan will not be a “Kurdish state,” but will be a country for all, also offering to make changes to the national anthem and the Kurdish flag.

The Kurdistan Region president has on several occasions said the future Kurdistan state will be federal.

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Muraz Adzhoev | 1/9/2017
What the Armenian MP from the Kurdistan parliament said - "a civil state for ethnic minority groups to feel confident” in their religious, cultural, and language rights - are the reasonable and logical demands. There is the Turkmen minority community in Kurdistan. Thete is the Arab minority community. There are also different ethnic minority groups of the Christian religious community. There is the Kurdish majority people with its some very different religious communities and groups. But there is no Turkmen "nation" in Kurdistan. There must be rightful, reasonable, logical and justified demands of all components of Kurdistan nation to be constitutionally guaranteed and fulfilled in their own united, integrated, independent, democratic and secular Kurdistan Federative Republic (KFR or FRK).
Non kurd | 1/9/2017
Of course, the rights of minorities must be respected. However people ought to be elected based on merit, not preallocated slots guaranteed to them based on ethnic quotas.
Kurdo | 1/9/2017
Ezidi are fleeing and in the end kurds will flee KRG, a future Kurdistan will be non-kurdish. Then they will say "Why are we even named Kurdistan when we are majority". Kurdistan will be renamed to Turdistan so it can be good neighbor to Turdey.
akbar sultanov | 1/9/2017
why not invade bagdad and establish a new turkmen state from bagdad down to the saudi border? stop being so racist..
Tahir | 2/9/2017
Can someone please answer my question?? Why should our nation should have a Turkish as a deputy president. If that is the case then Turkeys deputy president should be kurdish as well. It's time for kurdish nation to get rid of Turkmen before they hand over our country to Turkey.

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