KRG President Nechrivan Barzani: Unity, Solidarity key to overcoming threats in Kurdistan

The uprising, according to the statement, “achieved its goals by the great faith and the will of Kurdistan’s nation for freedom and prosperity, and through unity and solidarity.”
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani, marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1991 Kurdish uprising. (Photo: KRG)
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani, marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1991 Kurdish uprising. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani, marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1991 Kurdish uprising, in a statement said “through unity we can stand against and repel threats on federalism, rights and achievements and the constitutional status of the Kurdistan Region.”

On Tuesday, President Nechirvan Barzani issued a message on the 33rd anniversary of the Kurdistan people's uprising in Kurdistan in which he pays tribute to the memory of the heroic martyrs of Kurdistan's Uprising and all the martyrs of Kurdistan.

The uprising, according to the statement, “achieved its goals by the great faith and the will of Kurdistan’s nation for freedom and prosperity, and through unity and solidarity.”

“These achievements have not been consolidated in the constitution of the Federal Iraq,” the statement highlighted.

President Barzani emphasized that unity and solidarity is essential to fend off any threat to federalism and the constitutional status of the Kurdistan Region.

“The Kurdish people, whose sacrifices on March 5, 1991 in Ranya, the gateway to the uprising, ended one of the bloodiest and most difficult periods of oppression, brought an end to the dictatorship,” the statement highlighted.

President Barzani denoted that the aims of the uprising were and still are, “life and freedom, democracy, a peaceful and progressive society, building a better present and future, a strong Kurdistan that is the cradle of coexistence, mutual acceptance and tolerance.”

He also warned that, “History has proved that conflict and division are very bitter experiences and have caused great damage to status, opportunities and achievements,” and that “the uprising should always serve as a lesson for all of us," President Barzani said.

“Let us all work together with faith and hope to overcome the challenges and difficulties and work for a better future," he repeated.

The 1991 uprising included the diverse ethnic and religious communities in the Kurdistan Region, Barzani said, adding all sides have to work together to preserve the values and principles of the uprising.

Residents in Ranya city, where the uprising first erupted on March 5, 1991, held several cultural events on Sunday to commemorate the day.

The major political event in Kurdish history comes following decades of oppression and genocide inflicted by the former regime, which was toppled in 2003.