Massoud Barzani, stressed that the referendum is the right and appropriate decision and the legitimate right of the people of Kurdistan.
Barzani said in an interview with the channel (Arab): “We failed to build partnership with Baghdad, so we had to move, and if we succeeded in building a partnership with Baghdad was not the decision of the referendum.”
Barzani stressed that the international parties do not oppose the referendum, but sees the time is not appropriate, and said: “International parties advise us to postpone the referendum and not cancellation.”
“For those who ask us to postpone, we say give us the alternative,” he said, adding that “Turkey has repeatedly told us to request the postponement or cancellation of the referendum.”
Barzani called for international guarantees to sign any agreement with Baghdad, and said that if the international parties did not come up with a better solution than the referendum, we will proceed.
Barzani spoke about the Kurds and said that after World War I voted for the Kurds to join Iraq, and were the biggest loser of the partnership for decades, there is no remains of the Kurds in the Iraqi army.
“The Kurds were subjected to various kinds of brutality and were denied the right to live safe.”
“In 1991, hundreds surrendered from the Iraqi army, but we did not avenge anyone. After the fall of Saddam’s regime, we helped draft a new constitution, but we foiled it,” Barzani said.
He explained that the people of Kurdistan has proved highly efficient in the management of the region since 1991.
On the Iraqi constitution Barzani said that 55 constitutional articles were violated in the Iraqi constitution by Baghdad, and that the basis of the Iraqi constitution partnership and Baghdad did not adhere to this principle.
“Article 140 of the constitution was supposed to be implemented by the end of 2007,” he said.
And Barzani that the Peshmerga according to the Constitution are part of the Iraqi defense system and this has not been achieved.
He also said, “Baghdad cut the budget for the province is a cut for the livelihood of the people in Kurdistan, so we began to sell oil after cutting the budget not before.”
“We have agreed to form a democratic civilian state but today in front of a sectarian state,” he said. “We do not want to repeat failed experiences in the relationship with Baghdad.”
“We have chosen the voluntary union with Baghdad but we are faced with procrastination, rotation and rotation,” Barzani said.
He said that the President of the Republic of Iraq is a protocol that has no powers, and stressed “there is no partnership between us and Baghdad.”
Barzani explained that our aim of the referendum is to build good and new relations with Baghdad.
He said that after the referendum we will enter into serious negotiations with Baghdad on all issues. The Kurdish people will express their opinion and send a message to the world. There will be openness in the new state and there will be no ethnic discrimination.
He stressed that the vast majority of Kurdish parties and forces are enthusiastic about the referendum.
He stressed that the new state will not interfere with the response of other countries, and we have nothing to do with the Kurdish parts in other countries.
“My political goal since 1962 is to achieve independence for my people,” Barzani said of his political goal. “I will withdraw from political life to leave room for others.”
On the organization of the “Daash” terrorist said Barzani, “Daash” wanted to occupy Kurdistan to the nature of the mountains of the fortified, the border was with “Daash” 1050 km and the confrontation was expensive.
He added that during the war with “Daash” the back of young leaders proud of them.
Commenting on the Iranian intervention, he said: “We reject any Iranian intervention in our affairs.”
Barzani spoke about the Kurdish people and said he cooperated with the security services in an ideal way.
“We have about 300,000 Syrian refugees and more than one and a half million displaced Iraqis,” he said.
“We have Islamic parties and they are committed to national laws and unity, and the Arabs in the Kurdistan region have full rights and are allowed to participate in elections,” he said.
Barzani spoke of infrastructure and said oil was contributing to building a strong infrastructure, but agriculture and tourism were more important.
“In 1991, we had one university in Kurdistan, and today we have 15 public universities and 14 colleges,” he said.