MESOP : BARZANIS MEETS GERMAN “BILD-ZEITUNG” Barzani: US is not against Kurdish independence

06.07.2014 – BasNews, Erbil – In an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said that Iraq’s division is the reason the Kurdistan Region wants to break away.

“Kurdistan Parliament is trying to start the procedure for the referendum and I believe that International community including United States won’t be against us,” said Barzani.

He also added that independence is a right of every nation. “Before becoming independent, we will ask our people,” explained Barzani.According to Barzani it is unlikely that Iraq will remain united. “There are different identities in Iraq, like Shia, Sunni, Kurds and Christians, but there isn’t an Iraqi identity,’ noted the Kurdish leader. He also warned that the situation in Iraq will deteriorate, with ISIS becoming stronger and Baghdad continuing with harmful policies.  Barzani holds Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, responsible for the current crisis Iraq is facing.“If he hadn’t neglected the issues, Iraq would now be in a better place,” said Barzani.