Kurdish referendum: 92.73% say “yes” to independence
by Lorin Sarkisian / Roni Alasor
Brussels, 27 Sep 2017 - Middle East Diplomatic (MED) - Despite the hate campaign of the oppressor neighboring countries, great majority of the people of Kurdistan voted in a peaceful referendum for independent Kurdistan. Now regional and international powers should respect the self determination of peoples in Kurdistan.
72 % of a total of 8.4 million population in Kurdistan Region took part in this historical vote to reply to the question: "Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the administration of the Region to become an independent state?”. Only 7.27 % were against.
Handren Mohammed, the head of the Electoral commission, said that the process was successful and it was confirmed by international observers that it was held in democratic way.
While the vote results are celebrated by Kurds in Kurdistan Region, its neighbors Iran and Turkey as well as the central government in Bagdad are lobbying international powers to oppose the referendum outcome and thus, to violate Kurdish self-determination rights.
The obvious fear of the dictatorship regimes in the Middle East to let a democratic, tolerant and multicultural Kurdistan to grow powerful and strong, influence the international powers to maintain the status quo and to support “Iraq’s integrity”.
On the Kurdish side, this international reaction provokes feelings of historic betrayal, injustice and double standards. These are feelings, which are not new for Kurds and date at least since the division of Kurdistan by the international powers in four parts at the beginning of last century.
The difference is that this time, more than hundred years later, Kurds have developed leading elite, educated leadership, secular political system and strong, actively engaged Diaspora. Without mentioning their key role in the military fight against Daesh and their policy to protect the religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. Therefore, the non-recognition of the Kurdish referendum results will be not only in detriment of Kurds, but it will be a lost historical chance for the West as well to not exploit the Kurdish potential and to fail building a strong partnership with a reliable laic partner in the Middle East.