Plaid Cymru statement on Kurdistan independence vote

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Plaid Cymru's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has issued a statement on behalf of Plaid Cymru on the Kurdistan independence vote.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

"Plaid Cymru welcomes the vote for independence in the part of Kurdistan inside Iraq. We express our congratulations to Kurdish people in Wales.

"The vote represents a mandate for statehood and should be recognised by the international community. The vote is an expression of democracy, and the international community has consistently claimed to want to see democracy develop in the region. To reject this vote or its moral force would expose those claims and betray the Kurdish people.

"The Kurdish people’s right to self-determination should be respected across the different states in the region, and Plaid Cymru continues to support their long and courageous struggle for freedom and dignity."

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