MESOP : NECHIRVAN’S FINAL WORDS ! – Iraq no longer a unified state

6 Feb 2015 – Kurdpress – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said Iraq, which has been ravaged by sectarian warfare since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, does not exist as a unified country.

“There is no loyalty to a country called Iraq,” he told Reuters in an interview. “It really is important to find a formula for how to live together within the boundaries of what is called Iraq. Unless a formula is found, there will be more bloodshed and the country will remain a destabilizing factor in the region.” Pointing to sectarian strife across Iraq, all Kurdish factions agree that a unified country ruled from Baghdad is a dream of the past and that power must be devolved to give each of the main sects, Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kurds their autonomous regions.