Kurd’s leader attempts to justify his call for an independence referendum against Baghdad’s wishes. Following days of fierce tension between the semiautonomous state and the Iraq government after the Kurds announced a breakaway referendum; the Kurd’s leader has tried to justify his region’s desire to go for a referendum aimed at asserting the independence of the region. Earlier this week, Iraqi prime minister said his government and the UN will not recognize the referendum calling it “illegal”.
“We will not recognize the referendum scheduled to take place on the 25th of September,” said the Iraqi prime minister as he spoke to reporters earlier this week in response to Kurd’s call for an independence referendum. “We have many issues to deal with including a struggling economy and the fight against ISIS,” said the prime minister as he continued to justify why Baghdad and the international community are not interested in the referendum slated for Erbil in September.
But, the leader of the Kurdish region has tried to justify his region’s call for an independence referendum amid tension between his government and that of the Iraq government. In his recent post on a Washington website he said that his region’s referendum will not in any way alter the borders between the two neighboring regions.
“The September 25 vote will not in any way alter the borders of any neighboring state,” he said as he addressed recent sentiments made by the Iraqi prime minister.
He said this in a bid to address the fears that the Kurdistan worker’s party whose rival is the KGR will try to draw strength from the outcome of the referendum. The KGR in Turkey seeks autonomy from Iraq in favor of the Kurds and has been fighting for this cause for many years.
Mr Barzani claimed that it is better for Kurdistan to be an independent state so that it can easily defend itself from the IS militants. He believes that the efforts of the Kurds to defend themselves from ISIS have been compromised because of the influence of the Iraq government especially that Baghdad gives little attention to its region. In recent attacks against ISIS, the Kurdish region had cried foul citing irregularities in the manner in which the distribution of firearms has been conducted. The Kurdish region officials believe that Baghdad has been providing the region with fewer firearms compared to the mainland Iraq.
“If Kurdistan were independent, it would have allocated enough resources to its security department and successfully defended itself from the militants,” said Mr Barzani. “Baghdad has not provided firearms to the region making defense against IS militants difficult and almost impossible,” he added.
Meanwhile, the position of the Iraqi community party on the unilateral declaration of independence was clarified after the party’s secretary was misrepresented on the Kurdish website Bas News. According to a report by Kurdish website Bas News, Raid Fahmi said that his government was in support of the referendum. But, he clarified his position on the matter indicating that Baghdad would consider the result as a popular vote while negotiations over the issue proceed.