Barzani demands equal status for Kurds in Iraq

Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, says Kurds have the right to hold the office of presidency of Iraq

Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, says Kurds have the right to hold the office of presidency of Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq - Kurds should have an equal say and status in Iraq, Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, has said to the EU ambassadors to Iraq, according to an official statement Thursday.

Addressing the ambassadors at a reception at his residence in the province of Salah ad Din, Barzani thanked the EU countries who sent observers to Iraq for the parliamentary elections held on April 30. 

Barzani has said that the Kurds decided to be a part of the country following the deposition of the Ba'athist Iraqi government, which was deposed less than a month after the U.S. and other allies invaded Iraq in March 2003. 

"Kurds must have an equal say and status in Iraq. Nobody should seek to establish dominance over others. Notions of second class citizenship, minority and majority are out of the question," Barzani said.

However, to be part of the new Iraqi government following the official results of the elections, Barzani said the Kurds would have to abide by some pre-conditions.

The results of the elections are to be confirmed May 25.

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