On the occasion of the 27th year anniversary of the Kurdish Uprising, President Barzani issued a statement in which he conveyed his salutes to the people of Kurdistan especially the martyrs who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for the liberation movement of Kurdistan and to the Peshmerga forces. In the statement, President Barzani made reference to how the 1991 Kurdish Uprising had paved the way to a lot of what has been achieved since then.
The President spoke of the recent events that have happened to the Kurdistan Region and made reference to the way forward. President Barzani also said that he refuses to accept the Parliamentary extension for the term of the Presidency and hence stepped down as the President of the Kurdistan Region.
Today marks the 48th year anniversary of the March 11, 1970 agreement between the Iraqi government and Kurdistan, an agreement which granted the Kurds some of their rights.
"I was born in the shadow of the Kurdistan flag in Mahabad (Iran) and I am ready to serve and die for that same flag"
Mustafa Barzani and the Kurdish Liberation Movement
1945 - 1958
Masoud Barzani was born 16 August 1946 in Iranian Kurdistan, during the short-lived Republic of Mahabad.