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Referendum is simple: Independence yes or no, said Kirkuk governor

By Rudaw 28/7/2017
Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim.
WASHINGTON DC – The Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence is a straightforward question being asked within the context of Kurdish history in Iraq, said Najmaldin Karim, governor of Kirkuk and prominent Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) member. 

It’s a very simple question, “Kurdistan independence: yes or no?” Karim said at a symposium on Kurdistan held in Washington on Friday. 

Answering his own question about the timing of the historic vote, Karim said to look at the history of Iraq, how it has functioned and treated its people. 

Growing up in Kirkuk, he said, he was denied the basic right of studying in his native language and they were always governed by outsiders brought into the city, telling them what to do. 

Kurdistan’s independence aspirations are a response to the actions of successive Iraqi governments, or failures in the case of Article 140 dealing with the fate of disputed areas, including his home Kirkuk.

The issues that people raise in objection to holding the referendum, things like the Kurdistan parliament that has not convened since October 2015 and disputes among political parties, “are not fundamentally related to the referendum itself.”

That simple question has the support of the political parties and the people, Karim said. 

He added that the Kurdistan Region is ahead of other nations when they gained independence. Sitting in the American capital he reminded people that the US did not have a government when it became independent and expressed his confidence that the Kurdistan parliament would reconvene because all parties are working to achieve that goal. 


FAUthman | 28/7/2017
Political parties then have to get together, convene parliament and pass a resolution in support of the referendum, its date, funding and mechanics of carrying it out etc. Kurds everywhere will be convinced then that the referendum has support of the parties which is essential so would Baghdad and the world. You are right you do not need to debate it on tv, forget that NRT stuff, just pass a referendum law and be done!
Muraz Adzhoev | 28/7/2017
This is to be the Referendum on sovereign territorial reintegration and independence of democratic Southern Kurdistan from deadly, catastrophically and tragically failed Iraqi Arab Islamic federation. And its sovereign results must and will be implemented decisively without any hesitation by the sovereign authorities of the People of Kurdistan to let the majority and to make the minority countries of the world community to recognize a new member-state of the UN. It will be simple for the majority and little bit difficult for the minority, but all of those countries have to say "Yes" for Kurdistan in favor of global and regional peace, security, stability and successfully developing cooperation.
Rebwar Khanzad | 29/7/2017
The Governor's eloquence is most impressive. The heart of the issue is: can the safety, welfare and security of Kurdistan Region be safeguarded under the rule of the Arabs in Baghdad? History shows us that the answer is a categorical no. Arab supramicists will never concede partnership and pluralism. They have practiced an abominable form of racist domination despotism in the past and will continue all their efforts to prolong it into the future. Kurdistan region needs to free itself from the yoke of the Baghdad oppressors.

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