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Statements on the anniversary of the Barzani genocide

Statements on the anniversary of the Barzani genocide

On the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Barzani genocide Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and President Nechirvan Barzani issued statements:

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani:
“Today we commemorate one of the greatest and most unforgettable crimes of the former Iraqi regime: the massacre and genocide of nearly 8,000 innocent Barzani civilians. The commemoration of the victims of this atrocity is especially sad this year as it coincides with the return of the remains of 100 more Barzani Anfal victims from the deserts of southern Iraq to the Kurdistan Region and their homeland in Barzan.” […]

“The Kurdish people must always remember these crimes committed against them and must never sacrifice the freedom and self-governance of the Kurdish people under any pretext or for any purpose.”

“On the anniversary of the Barzani Genocide, we pay our respects to the souls of all the martyrs and Anfal victims of Kurdistan Region.”

“We will always remember them with dignity.”

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President Nechirvan Barzani:
“On the 39th anniversary of the Anfal and genocide of 8,000 Barzani innocent men and boys, we pay tribute to the souls of the victims of Anfal and remember them with the utmost dignity and respect.”

“We salute their families and relatives who endured a very difficult and bitter life following this murderous mass crime, and we salute thousands of proud mothers who, alone and without assistance, took on the duty of bringing up their children and succeeded to raise a kind generation. These mothers are the sources of our pride; and I kiss their hands.” […]

“Tribute to the memory of the martyrs.”

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