Erbil city, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. File photo
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Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – The French researcher in political relations, Charlotte Itilit, has recently visited Iraqi Kurdistan and talked to ARA News about her joyful experience in “visiting hospitable people who have suffered decades of tyranny and fought in mountains until getting their freedom”.
Itilit talked about the architectural development of the country which “reflects the strategic plans of Iraqi Kurdistan where you can find modern residential towers as well as many prestigious institutions”.
Itilit expressed her regret that “French people did not have sufficient idea about the situation of the Kurdistan Region under the rule of the Iraqi tyrannical regimes”, emphasizing her responsibility to convey “the real image of the Kurdistan Region to France”.
Itilit talked about Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 that “divided Kurdistan where France was a signatory”.
“The French government today needs a country like Iraqi Kurdistan in the Middle East. This country is progressing,” she told ARA News.
Itilit mentioned the details of her visit to the Syrian refugee camps in the outskirts of Hewler (Erbil), the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and her meetings with some humanitarian organizations that talked about the daily increasing numbers of Syrian refugees and the hard conditions they suffered while trying to escape their war-torn country.
“Iraqi Kurdistan is making remarkable efforts to shelter Syria refugees and provide them with humanitarian aid,” Itilit said.
As for the ongoing developments in Iraq and the domination of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in some Iraqi provinces, Itilit stressed that the current political disputes between the Iraqi parties “help ISIL militants to reinforce their position over the Iraqi territories”.
“The displacement of thousands of families from ISIL-held Iraqi cities to the Kurdistan Region caused mounting pressures on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which already hosts tens of thousands of Syrians,” Itilit told ARA News. “The Kurds seek peace, that’s why they make great efforts to maintain their borders against the fire of the endless Iraqi war.”
The French researcher concluded that independence would be a fair solution to the Kurdish issue in Iraq, adding that France would not hesitate to recognize an independent Kurdistan.
Interviewed by: Roken Hakim
Source: ARA News