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Kurdistan

World Shows Growing Acceptance of Kurdish Independence Bid

By RÛDAW 7/7/2014
Rudaw has learnt that the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are among states that have told the officials that, if Kurdistan declares independence, they would show understanding.
Rudaw has learnt that the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are among states that have told the officials that, if Kurdistan declares independence, they would show understanding.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –  As the Kurdish parliament in Erbil considers a date for an independence referendum, there is growing acceptance of the likelihood Kurds would opt to have their own state, according to Kurdish officials.

Rudaw has learnt that the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are among states that have told the officials that, if Kurdistan declares independence, they would show understanding.

This assessment echoes comments by Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, who told an interviewer that the U.S. and Turkey were unlikely to oppose the declaration of an independent Kurdish state.Anticipating reaction from Washington and Ankara, Barzani told Germany’s Die Welt: “I do not expect active assistance or resistance.” He was speaking at the weekend after calling on parliament to work on fixing a date for a referendum.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly showed support for a Kurdish state, saying: “We should support the Kurdish aspiration for independence.” President Shimon Peres commented: "The Kurds have, de facto, created their own state, which is democratic. One of the signs of a democracy is the granting of equality to women”.

Elsewhere in the region, however, there is less enthusiasm for Kurdish statehood. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told MENA news agency: “The referendum that the Kurds are asking for now is in reality no more than the start of a catastrophic division of Iraq into smaller rival states”.

The KRG’s foreign relations chief, Falah Mustafa, meanwhile told Asharq al-Aswat newspaper that Kurdistan’s referendum on independence has been discussed with U.S officials and that, “the U.S. administration understands how the province suffers in its relations with Baghdad.”

“The U.S. also understands the decision by President Massoud Barzani on the issue of holding a public referendum on the province’s right to self-determination,” he said.

How Kurdistan’s independence would be received by other major powers, including Russia and China, is still unclear.

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Kurdoz | 7/7/2014
We want our homeland, a place to call home, a place were we always ve lived long before any other nation! Why is that so hard to understand, arabs have 21 states, and in almost only of them there is oppression an corruption! Rather solving his on mess he puts his nose in places it doesnt belong! By Gods will and our martyrs blood, we will free every part of our homeland from the enemy!
KIM | 7/7/2014
Remember its totally upto us ( Kurds) to decide our destiny! If we call off our mind, it will never happen again. Go on and don't listen to some who try to disappoint or dissuade you! Our Peshmargs lives are not fir free!
Muraz Adzhoev | 7/7/2014
Russia, most likly, will support and officially recognize the already de-facto state independence of South Kurdistan. In all the recent regional and geopolitical terms, conditions and circumstances it seems to be the most logical reaction of Moscow.
Rawaz | 7/7/2014
If there is a will , There will be a way . We are Kurdish and we can walk even on a goat path.
Mat Ashur | 7/7/2014
As a well-educated Assyrian from the USA, I'm planning to move to Arbela to use my knowledge and skills to advance Asuristan/Kurdistan. I hope my Kurdish neighbours enjoy loud heavy metal music, Naruto Shippuden, and loud cursing from getting killed in video games =). Also I don't know any Kurdish and I don't want to learn it so I'll be starting schools and libraries for Aramaic :). Also, you BETTER have 100 Mbps internet, for civilians, for my servers...
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