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Masrour Barzani: We should consider Czech, Slovakia model of separation

By Rudaw 14/4/2016
 Deputy Interior Minister of the Czech Republic Jiri Novaeck (L) with head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani. Photo: courtesy of the head of KRSC
Deputy Interior Minister of the Czech Republic Jiri Novaeck (L) with head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani. Photo: courtesy of the head of KRSC
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani said in a meeting with the Deputy Interior Minister of the Czech Republic that Kurdistan should take advantage of "the peaceful separation process between Czech and Slovakia."

"To separate [from Baghdad] we should take advantage of the peaceful separation process that took place between Czech and Slovakia," the KRSC quoted  Barzani as saying in a meeting with Jiri Novaeck , deputy minister of interior of the Czech Republic on Thursday.

The dissolution of Czechoslovakia,  which took effect on 1 January 1993, saw to the self-determined split of the federal state of Czechoslovakia into the independent nation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

"The ongoing violence and instability in the region today is because of a decision made a century ago without the consultation with the people in the region. Namely Europe ratifying an agreement to redraw the map of the [Middle East]," Barzani added, referring to the Sykes-Picot agreement signed in 1916 between the Great Britain and France during World War I as the Ottoman Empire was beginning to collapse.

Military aid to the Kurdish Peshmerga was also discussed between the two.

"The international community should prioritize its  military aid for the Peshmerga," the announcement quoted Barzani saying.

For his part Novaeck vowed that the Czech Republic will continue helping the Kurdistan Region. "We understand the hard duty and necessities of the Kurdistan region at this critical stage."

"[My] country will attempt to pursue easier and quicker way to get the Peshmerga what they need," he added.

The announcement also mentioned that, in parts of their meeting, both sides discussed the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the central government in Baghdad.

The Kurdish Peshmerga has been fighting the Islamic State since mid-2014.


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Muraz Adzhoev | 14/4/2016
The official authorities of Kurdistan should conduct the referendum on independence, let the people express its will and self-determine its sovereign statehood, because Iraqi federation is collapsed and failed. Former Czechoslovakia was not collapsed and failed, however it was separated and divided peacefully according to the principle of self-determination of the Czechs and the Slovaks.
Dutchman | 15/4/2016
On Rudaw I mentioned the Czeckoslovakian seperation model a few times as example. Czeck parliamentarians were surprised when their Slovakian collegues asked for independence. First they thought it was a joke, because there were no serious problems between Czeck and Slovakians. But once they realised they were serious, they decided to organize the seperation well. Both the Iraqi government and the KRG can learn from the example. Don't take unilateral staps, but talk it over as friends.
Pliny The kurd | 15/4/2016
The Kurdish fight for Independence will proceed,and will succeed...
Muraz Adzhoev | 15/4/2016
In conditions of the ongoing bloody civil war, the war against radical ISIS organization, humanitarian and social disasters, collaps of Iraqi federative statehood only decisive unilateral steps could and muat be taken by top authorities of Southern Kurdistan on behalf of the will of the people.
Kurdistan | 15/4/2016
The Kurdistan government is with full responsibility, because they are receiving elements Daash within families that received the same Peshmerga, I warn Kurdistan of the danger of these monsters, who have spent more than a year fighting the Peshmerga, and they slaughtered the Peshmerga, said Daash element need only a knife, to be slaughtered by the people , that these monsters should not deal with them any kind of underestimated, beware and severely the officials in the security of the Kurdistan region, they must prepare these and movement by aircraft on the border to Baghdad, because no one expected what would happen, we are not to carry Kurdistan extra security responsibility , that these monsters do not need a weapon is enough to possess a knife in order to be a danger to people's lives, the Kurdistan Regional Government to be a level of responsibility, do not underestimate this plan, because they have failed in the confrontation, now they sow active their cells publicly in the land of Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Regional Government the movement of these into Iraqi territory under the control of the Baghdad government, in order to take a little like responsibility, that people will one be held accountable in the end but officials at the national security in Kurdistan primarily the President of the Kurdistan region because it is his first and last decision, but it is the most understanding and appreciation the seriousness of the situation, and it must take measures crisis.

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