Top Quotes from Jalal Talabani

Self-determination could mean independence, confederacy, federal and autonomy.

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Wishful thinking is one thing, and reality another.

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Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight.

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The Kurdish people have the right of self-determination like every other nation in the world.

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The justice of our cause must be reflected in the manner in which we rectify the crimes of the past.

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A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can’t find in an army without morale.

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All I wanted was to be a university teacher.

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As president of Iraq, I shall strive to represent the diversity of a country that has too often in the past denied difference.

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Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession.

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Every human must take responsibility for his actions.

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I shall stand for freedom of thought and expression in a place where it has been trampled and penalized.

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Iraq is not occupied, but there are foreign forces on its soil, which is different.

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Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim.

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Military confrontation is not a suitable alternative in confronting terror and current security threats.

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My door will always be open to those who genuinely renounce violence and seek peaceful accommodation into our nascent democracy.

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Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it.

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Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible.

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Rather, it is through conciliation and compromise that we are building a fair Iraq, a just state for all its peoples.

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The Kurdish people welcome the no-fly zone protection, contrary to the Iraqi regime that is against it.

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This will be Iraq for all without discrimination among Iraqi citizens, or ethnic or sectarian discrimination.

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We believe that an Iraqi founding national assembly, freely elected, must decide the future of Iraq.

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We must provide all kinds of freedom, personal and economic, to all Iraqis. I will fight for that.

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