Kurdistan President Barzani: Kurds victimized by 1400 years of sectarian conflict

President Barzani: Kurds victimized by 1400 years of sectarian conflict
The Kurdistan flag (Photo: Archive)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Kurdistan Region President said that Kurds have been victims of the Shia-Sunni conflict for the last 1400 years, stating that independent Kurdistan will increase regional stability.

Masoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Region President, in an interview with the Italian La Stampa newspaper said that he realizes the desire to keep Iraq united but there is a different reality.

The country is already divided by unresolvable problems, said President Barzani, believing that Iraq will end up like Czechoslovakia which in 1993 split up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

President Barzani stated that Kurds have been victimized by sectarian fights for 1,400 years, saying that “We have to find a new formula for coexistence.”

He explained that an “independent Kurdistan would create more stability in the Region as the people of Kurdistan have seen much blood and injustice.”

"Our society is to be based on respect for democratic values, coexistence between Kurdistan Region’s components and the rule of law," he said.

Regarding the war against the Islamic State (IS) extremists, President Barzani added that the fight against IS has been at the cost of the lives of people of Kurdistan Region since over 1800 Peshmerga fighters have lost their lives while fighting IS, adding that there is no room for reconciliation with the extremists.

President Barzani explained that the liberation of Mosul will not end IS as they might use other tactics inside Mosul or in other areas, stating that to defeat IS extremists, it requires defeating them on ideology, economy and socially.