Calling to mind the crowds of thousands who have rallied across the country in support of the Kurdistan independence referendum, Bernard Kouchner urged voters, “don’t lose this momentum… This is freedom for you and your families.”
Kouchner is a former French foreign minister and founder of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders).
Speaking with Rudaw’s Shaho Emin, Kouchner said that Kurds have been seeking independence for 100 years, so Monday’s vote is not a surprise for the world. He said Kurdistan holds a promise of stability and democracy in the middle of chaos, something that is needed in the Middle East.
After the referendum, if the vote is for independence, Kouchner foresees initial hardships – sanctions, closing borders, shutting airports, as the world always resists changing borders. But, “the people will change,” he predicted.