rudaw.net: Socialist International supports Kurdish ‘call for self-determination’

Socialist International supports Kurdish ‘call for self-determin – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Socialist International (SI), the worldwide organization of 153 progressive political parties, officially supports the Kurdish “call for self-determination” and praises the crucial role Peshmerga forces play “in fighting terrorism.” “The Kurdish aspiration for peace, dialogue and democratic solutions with Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran are well received and supported by SI, which supports their calls for self-determination,” according to a draft declaration issued on the Kurdish region by the SI on Saturday. It added that they welcome “the right to self-determination through mutual understanding for a new formula between the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] and the Iraqi government.” Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has repeatedly called for a referendum on Kurdish independence to be held this year, before US elections take place in November. In a recent interview with Swiss newspaper Neue Züricher Zeitung, Barzani said that Inshallah, God willing this year the Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum because it is “ripe for independence.”

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