MESOP SOUTH KURDISTAN : Kurdish Islamic parties support independent Kurdistan state

09.03.2014 – Hemin Salih – BasNews, Erbil – The Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) have announced their support for an independent Kurdish state, stating that they have their own projects and suggestions.

Abdul-Sattar Majid, a dominant leader of the KIU told BasNews that his party will announce how to tackle problems that may come up in an independent state. “KIU presidency is setting up a committee for the project, once the project has been completed then it will be announced to the public,” said Majid. Majid explained that before its announcement, there is a need for a clear mechanism and thorough discussions, adding that it is a national issue and that all parties should take serious measures both domestically in and internationally.According to Majid, President Barzani will consider everyone’s opinion and has asked all the parties to obtain as many opinions as possible regarding this issue.

The former head of Kurdistan Islamic Union in the Kurdistan Parliament posted a telling message on his Facebook: “preparation for 100th anniversary of the Sykes–Picot Agreement”, calling all parties to leave their differences aside and unite in an independent Kurdish state. “There are 26 months left to the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, I wish a common planning and united program in all part of Kurdistan for an independent state,” wrote Abdul-Aziz. The Sykes–Picot Agreement, was a secret agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and France, which lead to what is known as Greater Kurdistan to be divided among four different countries in 1916, after Ottoman Empire defeated in World War I. The recent increase in tensions between the KRG and Baghdad as a result of delayed payments and oil exportation, a number of officials have spoken of declaring an independent Kurdish state.