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Baghdadis align with Barzani's Maliki statements, reject Kurdistan separation  23.3.2012 

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March 23, 2012

BAGHDAD, — Residents of Baghdad expressed their support of the President of Iraq's Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani's description of the federal government as a "failure," as it did not realizes Iraqis' ambitious, however criticizing his statements on declaring the independence of the Kurdistan region.

"Barzani underlined a truth everyone knows; the consecutive Iraqi governments did not benefit from the Kurdistan region's experience in reconstruction and the development of the infrastructure, but his statements regarding the separation of Kurdistan was not appropriate as he knows that this is not possible as long as two strong countries like Turkey and Iran exist," Abdulhussein Radhi, 51, from Sadr City, eastern Baghdad, said.

"The Federal government has not implemented its promises made regarding houses, services electricity since 2003," he told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

"All Iraqi governments have continued lying to Iraqis," Lamyaa Sabr from al-Karada neighborhood in central Baghdad said.

"They live in the fortified Green Zone far from the rest of the citizens," she noted.

"Corruption is still spread throughout the country and Al-Mustansiriya bridge is a model of the government's mismanagement and corruption; the bridge opened three months ago, but now has been closed as a result of the inefficient construction," Sabr added.

"The president of Kurdistan was right when he criticized the government, mainly its attempt to grab power and to marginalize partnership," Ahmad Amin, 28, from Suliekh neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

"All Iraqis believed that with the withdrawal of US forces things will be fine, but they have become more complicated and Iraqis are the only losers, but I disagree with Barzani on the separation issue, as Kurds are part of a multi-ethnic Iraqi," he noted.

For his part, Abdullah Omar, 52, from al-Aadhmiya, agreed with Barzani on describing the government as failure and with accusing al-Maliki of being the man who attempt to power grab.

Abdullah Omar demanded the president of Kurds to move and take actions and not to stop at just accusing and criticizing them.

Massoud Barzani on Tuesday threatened to pull support from the nation’s already wobbly coalition government, criticizing the central government for a power grab he denounced as ideological terrorism.

The speech signaled a sharp deterioration in Iraq’s already shaky political alignment.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki kept his job only with Kurdish support after his party fell short of a majority in the 2010 parliamentary elections.

It came a week before an Arab Lague Summit is set to convene in Baghdad, already shaken by a wave of deadly attacks by militants.

“It is time to say that enough is enough, because Iraq is headed toward an abyss, and a small group of people are about to pull Iraq into a dictatorship,” Barzani said in a speech that his aides billed as a major announcement.
He delivered it on the occasion of Nayrouz, the Kurdish and Iranian new year.

He said Iraq is facing “a serious crisis, and this situation absolutely is not acceptable to us.”

Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani stopped short of directly saying he would declare independence for the three-province Kurdish region from the that makes up Iraq’s north.

But he called political agreements between the region and Baghdad “meaningless” and said he was willing to put a decision to his people “in order not to blame us in the future.”

Since 1991, the Kurds of Iraq achieved self-rule in part of the country. Today's teenagers are the first generation to grow up under Kurdish rule. Most Kurds don’t speak Arabic, especially the younger generation, the 2nd language in Kurdistan after Kurdish is English language. In the new Iraqi Constitution, it is referred to as Kurdistan region.

Kurdistan region has all the trappings of an independent state -- its own constitution, its own parliament, its own flag, its own army, its own border patrol, its own national anthem, its own education system, its own International airports, even its own stamp inked into the passports of visitors, a large number of foreign consulates and embassies are located in Kurdistan's capital, Erbil.

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