Int. rejection for Kurdish separation from Iraq

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink:

Political observers here noticed lately that the Kurdish President Masoud Barzani "decreased his open calls to divide Iraq in the separation of the Kurdish region"; particularly after the statement of an Iraqi MP that Barzani received letters from 28 countries, including USA, Russia, France and Turkey, rejecting the separation of the region from the homeland.

Media reports said last year that Barzani submitted requests or dossiers for the independence of the Kurdish region to the United Nations, resembling his attempt similar to the separation of Southern Sudan.

MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki, of the State of Law Bloc, disclosed, on 21 September, 2016, the contents of the 28 letters.

According to his statement, the letters called for the Kurdish region to stay within Iraq till finalizing the issue of Da'ish (ISIS) war, provided that this matter should be solved within the constitutional and legal procedures in Iraq, far away from escalation languages or usage of force.

He added that the content of the message delivered by US Deputy State Department Anthony Blinken, during his latest visit to the Kurdish region, had reflected the "new international vision" for the Kurdish question, particularly of the appearance of new voices with new orientations on the separation question, in reference to the new alliance between the Kurdish Change Movement and the Patriotic Union Party, headed by Jalal Talabani.

Earlier, member of the Polit-bureau of the Kurdish Democratic Party Mulla Bakhtiar stated that 28 Western countries, including USA and Russia, approved the declaration of the Kurdish independence.

The call of Barzani for separation is not the first, but currently announced in different geopolitical circumstances in the region and the world.

Some Iraqi circles rejected this move and described it as "opportunist", when the Kurds realized the end of Da'ish existence and danger in Iraq.

On the Arab attitudes, the Arab countries do not support the proclamation of the Kurdish state, fearing that will produce an alliance with Israel, after official declaration of the support of the Kurdish independence.

The divisions among the main Kurdish political parties became the hindrance that faces the separation move at the present time. These parties are afraid of "losing some achieved gains and inciting conflicts among them", where the main supporter for the separation is the Democratic Party, while the second leading one seemed "unconvinced with the idea".

The Kurdish region or Iraqi Kurdistan is an Iraqi region situated in the northern part of the country with autonomous rule.

It is bordered by Iran from the east, Turkey from the north and Syria from the west and the other Iraqi areas from the south.'

The region, with its capital in Arbil city, was established in accordance with autonomous rule agreement in March, 1970, when the agreement was reached between the Kurdish opposition and the Iraqi government after long years of fighting.