Iraq: Kurdish independence only guarantee against genocide

President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani held a final press conference in Erbil on Sunday, ahead of tomorrow's controversial independence referendum. Barzani reiterated that only through gaining independence could the Kurds be truly free from the possibility of crimes being committed against the Kurdish population. Barzani cited the Anfal campaign as an example of the... Еще atrocities committed against Kurds, including «genocide» and chemical attacks. He went on to say that the Kurds should vote «in a relaxed and normal manner,» to ensure a «peaceful and transparent» process. The Iraqi Kurdistan leader has insisted the referendum will go ahead on September 25, despite opposition from Baghdad and neighbouring Turkey and Iran.

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