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lördag 9 mars 2013

Statement by President Barzani on British parliament’s recognition of Kurdish genocide

Statement by President Barzani on British parliament’s recognition of Kurdish genocide
The British parliament last week formally recognised the genocide in Iraqi Kurdistan. We are pleased that the parliament took this decision and did so after an impassioned debate by several MPs, some of whom are old friends of Kurdistan, and with no opposition to the motion.

We appreciate that the British parliament also said it will encourage governments, the European Union and the United Nations to do the same. This underlines Britain’s role as a leading player in the international community and we hope that it will follow up on this decision. By doing so it will be sending a clear message to all dictators and oppressors.

Formal recognition is a step towards justice for all those who suffered in the decades-long campaign of death against the Kurdish people. It is acknowledgement of the suffering of the widows and the children left behind without knowing what happened to their loved ones or even where their remains lie. It took over two decades for some of the perpetrators to be brought to justice by the Iraqi courts. 

We thank the British parliament, the individual MPs and members of the government and opposition who contributed to the debate and passed the motion. We also appreciate the role of the All-Party parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdish community who supported a petition calling for recognition and the Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representation which coordinated the campaign. We hope that other parliaments and governments will now follow suit.

President Barzani Meets Italy’s New Ambassador to Iraq

Salahaddin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq ( – President Masoud Barzani welcomed Italy’s new ambassador to Iraq Mr. Massimo Marotti in his office in Salahaddin today to discuss bilateral relations and explore ways to further strengthen ties..

Today’s meeting focused on the ongoing political challenges facing Iraq, relations between Italy and the Kurdistan Region, and the crisis in Syria.
Ambassador Marotti said Italy attaches great importance to its relations with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and wants to further strengthen cooperation in education, culture, and trade. He added that the Italians currently working in Kurdistan are very satisfied with the cooperation they receive at both public and private levels in Kurdistan and act as ambassadors of Kurdistan in Italy.

The Italian ambassador also said that Italy plans to upgrade its diplomatic presence in Erbil to a full consulate general by the end of this year.
For his part, President Barzani said that the KRG is equally keen to expand bilateral relations with Italy and it will provide all kinds of assistance for Italian businesses and investors interested in working in Kurdistan.

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