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Iranian Kurds throw moral support behind KRG referendum

By Rudaw 12/8/2017
A Kurdish Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran  stands next to the flag of Kurdistan on top of the mountains that separate Kurdistan Region's northeastern borders from from Iran. Photo: Rudaw TV
A Kurdish Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran stands next to the flag of Kurdistan on top of the mountains that separate Kurdistan Region's northeastern borders from from Iran. Photo: Rudaw TV

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iranian Kurds based in the mountains of the Kurdistan Region believe that Iraqi Kurds must seize the chance and decide their future through the referendum on September 25, otherwise no one else will give them this right.


“We may not be able to vote, but we are proud of it,” said 63-year-old Sofi Ahmad Sadiqpour.


Sadiqpour who has is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and has been on the mountains for 43 years fighting Tehran for his rights, said that a referendum in the Kurdistan Region will make all Kurds happy.


“It is something for all Kurds,” he told Rudaw. “I hope it succeeds with the highest vote.”


Kurdish parties of Iran have expressed moral support for the September referendum through which Iraqi Kurds will decide whether to stay with Baghdad or break away and form an independent state.


But the position of the Iranian government has been clear from the start. Tehran says that Erbil must settle its disputes with Baghdad through dialogue.


“Kurds have been seeking a day when they can decide their own future,” Khalid Wanawshia, another KDPI member said. “Kurds will not be given their rights, they must take it and this [referendum] is one of those rights.”


Leaders of Iranian Kurdish groups have for more than two decades silenced their guns out of consideration for the Kurdistan Region and its diplomatic ties with its neighbors including Iran.


But the referendum, they say, is what they and their fathers have been fighting for throughout the decades.


“I am from Ilam, the farthest Kurdish city and I want to tell everyone in kalhori dialect that with the referendum part of the struggle of our fathers is about to bear fruit,” Alireza Ilami, a KDPI member said, standing next to his friends on a mountain top overlooking the Iranian border.

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Gerbert d'Auriklac | 12/8/2017
The KRG must hold referendum on 25 September, there must be no delay, no other date, no postponing whatsoever.That referendum must be followed immediately by the declaration of independence. Nobody will dare to defy the will of the Kurdish Nation. The referendum must include the so-called disputed areas annexed by Saddam , but the iraqi constitution mandates there must be referendum ,but this article was never implemented by the the Iraqi government. So , now is the time and the occasion to do what the proper iraqi constitution mandates . If the KRG defects its promiss then it will lose the trust and support of the whole Kurdish nation. Everybody can be confident that the day after the declaration of the independence of southern Kurdistán, the neighbouring countries of Turkey and Iran will stop to kill and persecute Kurds , the status and conditions of the Kurds will raise and improve everyewhere.
Reza.the Kurdish.guy | 12/8/2017
I'm an Iranian Kurd, I and my fellow Kurdish poeple don't support ur referendum, I think this will create more division among poeple in Iraq and else where.
IranMan | 12/8/2017
"Iranian Kurds based in the mountains of the Kurdistan Region...". @rudaw.net, a few Kurds who have chosen terrorism as their main job, DO NOT represent the Iranian Kurds, nor any other Iranian, no matter how much rudaw.net would like to propagandize, sympathize and apologize for them.
Adam | 12/8/2017
Kurds are all brother's no matter where they live
Ardalan | 13/8/2017
Yea definitely not every Iranian Kurd supports any referendum that makes for a failed state. Especially one that the zionists want to support. I'll gladly fight that kind of state.
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