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Macron: France won’t prevent ‘democratic process’ but seeks stable Iraq

By Rudaw 19/9/2017
French President Emmanuel Macron address reporters in New York on September 19, 2017 on the sideline of the UN's General Assembly. Photo: Rudaw video
French President Emmanuel Macron address reporters in New York on September 19, 2017 on the sideline of the UN's General Assembly. Photo: Rudaw video
NEW YORK, United States – French President Emmanuel Macron said they would never prevent any “democratic process” when asked about the Kurdistan independence referendum to be held on September 25, but stressed the need to keep Iraq stable.

Rudaw’s Majeed Gly asked Macron about a joint initiative by France, Turkey, and the UN that aims to provide an alternative in place of the referendum, and why France wants to prevent a democratic process despite their historic relation with the Kurds.
 
“France will never be part of an initiative that blocks a democratic process. France – as you reminded us – has a historical relationship with the Kurds, and in particular with the Kurds of Iraq.  This relationship is a long-standing one...” Macron said.
 
He added that he has great respect for the Kurdish people, for defending their values and history.
 
But, France wants Kurdistan to consider supporting Iraq and not separation, he said.
 
“Should that referendum be held, I wish that it would be rather a referendum about a good representation of the Iraqi Kurds in the government, within the framework of the Iraqi constitution,” said Macron.
 
He explained that Iraq needs territorial and political stability and for the prime minister “not to be weakened.”
 
“Why? Because what we need today in Iraq is territorial and political stability,” said Macron, adding his hopes that the Iraqi government can achieve “a political balance which respects all minorities, in particular the Kurds.”
 
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was recently in Kurdistan where he said his country remains a strong friend of Erbil and encouraged dialogue between with Baghdad.  

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View | 20/9/2017
Everybody is seeking stability, the question is how? Current circumstances have failed for a century. Does the world want to wait and have patient for an another century? Or the world have the courage to brake up the failed and welcome the new nation Kurdistan. A secular, pragmatic and democratic country in the center of THE quagmire so-called Middle East is diplomatically a success. Just admit it!
Nice and slow | 20/9/2017
He says that he is a friend of the Kurds, but his statements are pure bull-crap. "He added that he has great respect for the Kurdish people, for defending their values and history. But, France wants Kurdistan to consider supporting Iraq and not separation, he said." As they say, pardon my French, but how about you "french-Kiss" my hairy balls mister Macron. If you were A friend of the Kurds, then you would have helped the Kurds achieve their natural rights A long time ago, insted of helping Our enemeies, who time after time can't let a chance slip away to stab us in the back.
Publish Me Fam | 20/9/2017
For those who've read and understood what he said, this is basically an indirect no.
M Gonzales | 20/9/2017
The biggest issue's is money and security. Iraqi Kurdistan is supposed too get 17% of Iraq's budget no if ands or butts. Why should they stay if Baghdad can withhold money for whatever reason of the week? Iraqi Kurdistan can't buy military equipment on the international market and Baghdad has in the past done everything possible too not pay for or arm Kurdistan, why should they stay if their security need's are not in their hands, not having too beg for equipment? Why should they stay if Baghdad refused too hold a referendum in the disputed area's as was supposed too be done year's ago when they controlled the land, but now that the shoe is on the other foot they cry foul and threaten violence? Address those 3 issues before you even think about asking Iraqi Kurdistan too delay their vote.
Erbiltek | 20/9/2017
They are sellers of wind words ! don´t trust so much ! Neo colonizator country has always a second profile in shadow .
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