Massoud Barazani, president of the Kurdish semi-autonomous region of Iraq, threw a bombshell at the opening session of the 13th general assembly of his party – the Kurdish Democratic Party – in the region’s capital Arbil.
The Kurdish people has a right to self-determination, he said, adding that the Kurds were a separate and united nation and that their right to self determination – to decide their own fate – was self-evident and based on international treaties stipulating that all peoples had that right. Implementing that right would now be the immediate goal of his party.
If federalism fails …
The KDP has said its demand for self-determination is not a push for independence, but for protection of Kurdish self-rule with a federal Iraq.
The KDP’s new policy, which is widely popular amongst Kurds, was a result of their fear that Arab-majority Iraq might not embrace a federal democracy and could turn into a centralized state, a senior leader of the party said.