The head of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq Falah Mustafa, the disappointment of the Kurds in partnership with the Baghdad government, claiming that this is what drives them to secession and declare their independence. “We want a real partnership, but Baghdad has refused and refuses,” Mustafa told Russian news agency Novosti. “For the 14 years since the liberation of Iraq from the previous regime, we have come to believe that we cannot become real partners.” According to the Kurdish official, Kurdish representation in power structures in Iraq is still inadequate, and the Shiite government in Baghdad has “pushed” them with Sunnis into the back rows. According to him, because of the policies of Baghdad, the Kurdistan region has faced financial difficulties in the past three years.
“We want to find an alternative, and this alternative is to hold a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region, to start negotiations (with Baghdad) and to stop these unproductive relations.” According to Mustafa, Arbil (the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq) is ready to practice a policy of “good neighborliness” with Baghdad after independence from them. He stressed that the region “presented the idea of a referendum on its independence, as a way to solve its problems, and to spare Iraq and Kurdistan tragedies and woes.” “We have suffered a lot in the past. We need to find a solution now. Independence is an outlet for breaking out of crises and finding a durable and peaceful solution,” Mustafa said in another interview with Russian news agency Sputnik. Mustafa called on the federal government in Baghdad to “respect the will of the people in the region and enter into serious negotiations to find a peaceful solution to this issue.
” He said: “We tried very much to be part of a federal federal pluralistic, but unfortunately we could not build this Iraq, Our partners in Baghdad are not ready to share power and wealth. ” Mustafa explained that “the referendum on the independence of the region is a solution in itself, not a problem, and we continue to continue to enter into negotiations on this subject.” He stressed that “the next September 25, the date of the referendum on the independence of the region, will be a national day for the people of Kurdistan,” pointing out that “the decision of the referendum taken by the leadership of the Kurdistan region, with the political parties in the region, and all the forces represented in parliament, , Which has become unequal and not treated as a partner. ” Mustafa claimed that “the people of Kurdistan is the only one who can suspend or cancel the referendum, and we are committed to what we want,” noting that “we want to show through this referendum, that the people of Kurdistan decided to exercise their right to self-determination.
” He stressed that the region has not yet started any talks to conclude deals or buy arms, with any of the global companies, while stressed that the doors of the region open to oil and gas companies, from around the world “We hope all free peoples support the independence of the Kurdistan region, but at the same time we understand and appreciate the principles of international relations between these countries, and that they can not disclose their full support before the declaration of independence,” Mustafa said.