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KOBANE – The US State Department said it will not change its policy towards the Kurds, after Masrour Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish security chief, called for dividing Iraq into three separate entities after the defeat of ISIS.
Masrour Barzani, the head of the KRG’s national security council, and the son of KRG President Masoud Barzani, said that he believes Iraq should be divided into three separate entities once the Islamic State group (ISIS) is defeated.
“Federation hasn’t worked, so it has to be either confederation or full separation,” Barzani told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday in the Kurdish capital Erbil. “If we have three confederated states, we will have equal three capitals, so one is not above the other.”
However, the US State Department says they will not change their views although the Kurdistan Region has functioned as almost an independent country since 1991 with US support, while the rest of Iraq is suffering from chaos and sectarianism.
“Nothing’s changed about our position and what we support going forward – as I said, a federal, democratic, pluralistic, and unified Iraq. And that’s been our policy; it’s going to remain our policy. And I don’t really – since I don’t see that policy changing, I find little value in sort of arguing the opposite case in terms of why wouldn’t we change the policy,” US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.
“We believe that this – that our view here of a unified Iraq going forward, the policy that we’ve espoused, is the best policy for the region, quite frankly,” he added.
Kirby said they remain committed to a unified Iraq, and will provide support to the Peshmerga forces through Baghdad. “So we don’t just say these words; we live by them and we work with these words as a foundation in terms of even the fight against Daesh,” he said, using another acronym for ISIS.
“It’s not about denying anybody anything. It’s about trying to help Iraq – especially right now – defeat this very deadly threat and continue to make the kinds of political, economic, even military reforms that they are in the effort of doing right now and helping them do that successfully,” Kirby added.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News