President Nechirvan Barzani at the Sulaimani Forum: The country must bring us all together

Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, April 17, 2024

President Nechirvan Barzani participated in the opening ceremony of the 8th Sulaimani Forum, an event organized by the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. The forum was attended by a notable gathering of politicians, academics, and researchers from the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and beyond. During the ceremony, President Nechirvan Barzani delivered a speech addressing the current situation in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and the wider region.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before beginning my speech, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our Yezidi brothers and sisters on the occasion of the New Year, on behalf of the Sulaimani Forum. On behalf of everyone present here, we convey our warm wishes for a joyous year ahead.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to Sulaimani, the cultural capital of the Kurdistan Region. Welcome to the Annual Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq. I congratulate my dear friend, Dr. Barham Salih, and the entire organizing committee for their efforts in bringing together this event in Sulaimani. Dr. Barham’s dedication and contributions to Sulaimani are truly commendable. This university and its annual tradition of hosting this meeting have become a cherished part of Sulaimani, the Kurdistan Region and Iraq; and as a half Sulaimani myself, I thank him very much.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Sulaimani Forum is taking place amidst a highly delicate regional and global context. Intense conflicts and heightened tensions have permeated the Middle East, presenting a grave peril to the tranquility and stability of the region, and exacerbating the already dire circumstances.

Following the attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7th last year, and the abduction of numerous civilians, the ongoing conflict in Gaza has caused immense devastation. The situation has led to a severe humanitarian crisis, necessitating the immediate implementation of the UN Security Council resolution. It is imperative that the fighting ceases unconditionally and that the hostages are released without delay.

We believe that the fundamental resolution that will achieve a stable, lasting, peace is the two-state solution. The Kurdistan Region supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state as the only viable path to lasting peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Kurdistan Region has consistently advocated for dialogue and the pursuit of peaceful resolutions. Through fostering harmonious relationships with our friendly neighboring countries, we have successfully established remarkable instances of partnership, economic advancement, and shared development. Our commitment to peace has paved the way for numerous collaborative opportunities. It is my firm belief that as we embark on forthcoming significant endeavors, we will further enhance the strides we have made thus far.

We are committed to ensuring that the Kurdistan Region does not pose a threat to any nation. Our primary focus is on enhancing economic cooperation. We firmly believe that fostering economic growth will lead to greater political stability and harmonious coexistence within the area.

The journey towards democracy and rebuilding in the Kurdistan Region commenced in 1991. Numerous nations united to dismantle the Ba’ath regime in Iraq due to its threat to its citizens, neighboring countries, and the global community. We fostered a remarkable era of democracy, reconstruction, and peace, in parallel with that regime.

Following the largest campaigns of genocide, the Anfal operation and chemical attacks on the people of Kurdistan, we believed that peace was the way forward, not conflict. Subsequently, we initiated trade and economic opportunities with neighboring countries, fostering partnerships and positive relations. This was made possible by the unwavering commitment of our leadership and citizens to democracy and peace.

The success of the Kurdistan Region’s experience led to the success of the Iraqi resistance. As we stood strong, all Iraqis stood strong. The Kurdistan Region emerged as the focal point for the Iraqi opposition’s triumph over the dictatorship.

The international community extended their support to us because our project was centered around democracy and peace. In this endeavor, our friends in the region, particularly Turkey and Iran, have played a crucial role in fostering economic partnership and facilitating our progress. It is important to emphasize that our unwavering commitment to democracy and peace remains unchanged.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In Iraq, we are on the same path. To deepen democracy in Iraq and to prevent a repeat of the perils and tragedies of the past, we need continuous peaceful dialogue.

Disputes and assaults on each other persistently pave the way for terrorist organizations. If we had been united in Iraq, the al-Qaeda attacks and the major ISIS attacks would not have happened.

Iraq’s history has been marred by the oppressive rule of dictatorship, the dominance of a single community, and the absence of political freedom. Countless innocent Iraqis have suffered under oppressive regimes, causing immense pain and loss. The nation’s wealth, accumulated over decades, has been squandered. It is imperative that we take action now to eliminate any avenues that may contribute to the growth and empowerment of terrorist organizations in Iraq.

The Iraqi people have successfully reached a consensus on a suitable constitution since 2005. Through the adoption of a federal system, the Iraqi Constitution has paved the way for a harmonious partnership among all Iraqi nations and communities. This partnership holds the key to fortifying Iraq’s stability and advancement. Therefore, it is crucial that the federal system is fully embraced and implemented, regardless of any skepticism from certain parties. Let us ensure that the progress of Iraq remains uninterrupted and the Constitution is upheld.

It is crucial for all nations and communities in Iraq to view themselves as equal partners in the governance of the country. Disregarding any Iraqi community can lead to negative consequences, as history has shown that this approach has been detrimental to the well-being of all citizens in Iraq.

The Federal Republic of Iraq is fortunate to have a Prime Minister, Mr. Mohammed Shia Sudani, who possesses a broad perspective and unwavering faith in the Iraqi Constitution. This steadfast approach has greatly contributed to the stability of governance in Iraq, which is palpable to the Iraqi people. Such a governance style holds immense potential to propel Iraq towards a brighter future, presenting a truly remarkable opportunity for the nation.

The Prime Minister’s vision requires backing and a more conducive political environment. It is now the duty of Iraqi political parties to provide support, extending the same to the Federal Iraqi Government. The future of Iraq looks promising with full implementation of the Constitution and federal system.

The handling of the Kurdistan Region serves as a significant test for the new Iraqi political structure. A robust Iraq hinges on a strong Kurdistan Region, just as a stable Kurdistan Region relies on a federal and secure Iraq.

There is no issue in Iraq that cannot be resolved through constitutional implementation. The Iraqi Constitution safeguards the identities of all Iraqi communities. By upholding the Constitution, every individual will enjoy equal rights as a citizen of Iraq.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is an old saying in Sulaimani about ‘repeating mistakes’.

The Kurdistan Region is currently facing a complex situation, and it is crucial for us to find common ground, strive for progress, and avoid making the same mistake again. Failing to do so will only exacerbate the tensions in this volatile region, causing significant harm to all of us.

The people of Kurdistan’s collective desire for unity among political parties is a reflection of their heartfelt aspirations. The history of genocide and oppression endured by the people of Kurdistan has instilled a shared goal of unity within their hearts. This unity is not only the right path to follow but also a testament to the deep consciousness of the people of Kurdistan.

We have earned a positive reputation in the world not through division but through democracy, prosperity, and stability in this intricate region. Those who visited Kurdistan thirty years ago and return today would be amazed by the progress we have made. We have built this prosperity despite the challenges posed by the Anfal campaign and chemical attacks. With our increased expertise, we have the potential to further enhance and expedite our progress.

This university, along with numerous others in the Kurdistan Region, is currently nurturing a remarkably talented and accomplished generation. A new era has dawned in Kurdistan, and we are elated by the exceptional level of perceptiveness displayed by these individuals. If the political parties seize the opportunity to create a conducive environment for this generation, Kurdistan will undoubtedly make significant progress.

I am often asked why I am so optimistic, and my answer lies in the resilience and diversity of the people of Kurdistan. Despite a troubled past, I firmly believe that a bright future awaits us.

The people of Kurdistan stand united, and it is imperative for the political parties to align their interests with those of their constituents. By doing so, we can ensure transparent and equitable elections, with the consent and active participation of all parties involved.

The Kurdistan Parliament is a crucial institution in the region that must be safeguarded. The Kurdistan Regional Government has successfully rebuilt the country following devastating events such as the Anfal and chemical attacks. It is imperative that we show our support. The Peshmerga forces have played a significant role in defeating ISIS and bringing honor to Kurdistan on a global scale. These achievements give us hope and encourage us to come to agreements amongst ourselves. By working together, we can achieve greater prosperity and success.

While it is natural for individuals and groups in Kurdistan to have criticisms and complaints against the authorities, it is essential that we unite to protect and defend our region despite our differences. Political figures may come and go, but Kurdistan remains. We must not allow our frustrations with authorities and politicians to jeopardize the stability of Kurdistan. The resilience of the people of Kurdistan has been proven time and again, demonstrating our ability to overcome challenges and rectify mistakes. Therefore, we can be confident that we will overcome all obstacles and resolve any conflicts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The pace at which the world is progressing is astonishing. In order to stay connected with the developed nations and not be left behind, it is imperative that we address the challenges and conflicts in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. We need to utilize our resources, both material and human, to propel science, knowledge, and technology forward. It is crucial to strengthen our education system and foster scientific research.

The advancements in science and technology, along with the opportunities and risks associated with artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and climate change, demand our utmost attention. Tackling these issues requires dedicated efforts, perseverance, and long-term strategies at both individual and institutional levels.

I firmly believe that by focusing our thoughts, actions, and abilities towards this objective, we can pave the way for a future that belongs to those who dedicate their time, thoughts, and abilities to the pursuit of science and knowledge, rather than dwelling on the past.

I am confident that this gathering in Sulaimani will provide us with valuable insights and expertise, enabling us to collaborate and achieve success collectively.

Thank you sincerely, and best of luck to you all.


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