Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





KCK: Referendum is Kurdistan Region’s democratic right

By Rudaw 13/6/2017
Cemil Bayik, president of the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK). Photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic
Cemil Bayik, president of the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK). Photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region  - The leader of the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) said the Kurdistan Region’s declared independence referendum is democratic and that no one should oppose it.
In an interview with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) media, Cemil Bayik said holding a “referendum is a democratic right,” of the people of the Kurdistan Region and that “no one should oppose it.”  
Bayik added the process has “emerged from external and internal political pressures.”
President Masoud Barzani held a meeting with political parties in the Kurdistan Region on June 7 when it was announced that the region would hold an independence referendum on September 25.
Commenting on Shingal, Bayik dismissed claims that the PKK affiliated groups had paved the way for the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi forces to come to the region.
The Hashd al-Shaabi announced that by last week they had brought under control 3,480 square kilometers since they launched their new offensive to drive out ISIS from the areas to the west of Nineveh last month, controlling a stretch of 25 km of the border area that begins from Shingal to the west of Baaj, and then the Iraqi border from the side of the western province of Anbar. 

He said Hashd is fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, so it right for them to carry out operations.
The KCK is an organization founded by the PKK to put into practice jailed leader Ocalan’s ideology of democratic confederalism.  
Bayik also commented on Kurds in Rojava, saying a final solution to the Kurdish question in northern Syria is not Astana or Geneva talks, but the aftermath of an ongoing operation to reclaim Raqqah from ISIS, the group’s self-proclaimed capital.
The Kurdish “solution is not in Geneva or Astana talks, but after Raqqah is liberated, after Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by Kurds control it. Kurds are the decisive point for resolutions and without Kurds no problem could be solved.”
He has also said in the interview that pushing Turkey back from the Raqqah operation “will result in the withdrawal of the country from the contemporary politics of the Middle East and that [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan will no longer have hegemony over the region.”
The joint command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared last week the operation to retake the city of Raqqa from ISIS and that their forces are advancing on the radical group on three different directions.


Tolhildan | 13/6/2017
Another party who supports the referendum! The big two actors of Bakûr (HDP and PKK) announced their support for the referendum! Nobody can stop this legit process for the statehood of the Kurdish people! It is now the duty of every Başûrî to make the YES for the referendum safe.
Muraz Adzhoev | 13/6/2017
PKK - the pseudo "pro-Kurdish" organization of DOUBLE-DEALERS, PROVOCATEURS and TRAITORS. There are many serious and well known evidences proving this unfortunate and shameful fact.
Kurdo | 13/6/2017
PKK is not affraid of a free Kurdistan, it is affraid it will only lead to same shit over and over again. KRG has oil, they should invest in being self-sufficient. Also take back kurds from former soviet nations and xorasan. We kurds should not be part of this shia and sunni issue. I am 120% against Islam for kurds, do you think that jews could survive if they where muslims? They would be dragged in the war with "jash" that would destroy their state. Kurdish unity, forget the rest. You can down vote me now spas dikim.
MemOzan | 13/6/2017
Bring your chair and flag and wear uniform Go to back yard take a pic genius Who is this man?
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Give the peace a chance | 6/24/2017 11:25:26 AM
Turkey should acknoledge that there is a Kurdish nation bordering the country of the Turks, and like all the world nations, the Kurds well deserve to...
View | 6/24/2017 12:04:18 PM
Hopefully soon declared persona non grata!
Erdogan renews opposition to any Kurdish entity in northern Syria
| 15 hours ago | (2)
Gorran is hijacking our freedom | 6/24/2017 6:19:59 AM
We have fought the enemy thousand and more wars and we have won all ; but it is now Gorran , not Saddam nor Qassem , nor Maliki or any Arab...
Muraz Adzhoev | 6/24/2017 11:13:25 AM
Let's believe that the PUK leaders will not become infected with the Gorran's double-dealing political nature during their mediation efforts. The...
PUK, Gorran: Preparations for referendum should be made after parliament sits
| yesterday at 07:34 | (8)
Mohamedzzz | 6/24/2017 5:21:21 AM
Kurds will never fold, Turkey the source of all evil, what goes around comes around.
Rasho | 6/24/2017 10:34:48 AM
This mass killing of the innocent people added another tangible evidence that this group have nothing but to kill innecents and destroy ci...
Multiple suicide bombers target east Mosul
| yesterday at 11:48 | (3)
Adam | 6/24/2017 9:15:59 AM
Long live Kurdistan and brave kurds, we are very proud of you guys your sacrifices will not go in vain, no nation achieved freedom without blood and...
Non kurd | 6/24/2017 9:59:22 AM
Joking? Iran has no economy or freedom. Everyone wants to leave...they have no future wth those fanatical rulers.
Komala confirms three of its members killed by Iranian forces
| yesterday at 10:59 | (4)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Religious committee visits historic mountain in Kurdistan for Ramadan 5 hours ago |

Religious committee visits historic mountain in Kurdistan for Ramadan

It was decided that there was not yet a new moon more
US State Dept.: SDF the best force to retake Raqqa from ISIS yesterday at 12:43 | (10)

US State Dept.: SDF the best force to retake Raqqa from ISIS

“The SDF has been the best force to take back more
0.125 seconds