The president of Iraqi Kurdistan warned that he will establish the borders of the future state if Baghdad will not accept the referendum meant to recognize their independence, set to take place this month.
Meanwhile, his prime minister rejected the opinion of his people because he believes it’s “unconstitutional”.
Massoud Barzani revealed for BBC his openness regarding an agreement with the central government, only if the Kurds would’ve taken into consideration the secession.
He also expressed his plans of fighting against any organization or group, who will attempt to change the reality in Kirkuk by force.
Currently, the Kurdish Peshmerga military forces took control of the city situated in northern Iraq, an area rich in oil reserves and the home of thousands of Arab and Turkmen residents.
The situation becomes even more difficult as the Kirkuk province, region subordinated to the federal government, has decided to participate in the referendum.
The Kurdish community is the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never had a state.
In Iraq, it is estimated that 15-20% of the population of 37 million people in the country is Kurdish.
The ethnic group was brutally repressed after the Gulf War of 1991 under the Saddam Hussein regime.
Three months ago, senior officials and political parties in the Iraqi Kurdistan region decided to hold a referendum meant to assess their independence.
Obviously, the Iraqi federal parliament rejects the referendum.