Quotes by Jalal Talabani

All I wanted was to be a university teacher.
- Jalal Talabani
Wishful thinking is one thing, and reality another.
- Jalal Talabani
Every human must take responsibility for his actions.
- Jalal Talabani
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Self-determination could mean independence, confederacy, federal and autonomy.
- Jalal Talabani
Iraq is not occupied, but there are foreign forces on its soil, which is different.
- Jalal Talabani
The Kurdish people have the right of self-determination like every other nation in the world.
- Jalal Talabani
A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can't find in an army without morale.
- Jalal Talabani
Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it.
- Jalal Talabani
We must provide all kinds of freedom, personal and economic, to all Iraqis. I will fight for that.
- Jalal Talabani
The justice of our cause must be reflected in the manner in which we rectify the crimes of the past.
- Jalal Talabani
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We believe that an Iraqi founding national assembly, freely elected, must decide the future of Iraq.
- Jalal Talabani
Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession.
- Jalal Talabani
The Kurdish people welcome the no-fly zone protection, contrary to the Iraqi regime that is against it.
- Jalal Talabani
I shall stand for freedom of thought and expression in a place where it has been trampled and penalized.
- Jalal Talabani
Military confrontation is not a suitable alternative in confronting terror and current security threats.
- Jalal Talabani
Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight.
- Jalal Talabani
This will be Iraq for all without discrimination among Iraqi citizens, or ethnic or sectarian discrimination.
- Jalal Talabani
Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim.
- Jalal Talabani
Rather, it is through conciliation and compromise that we are building a fair Iraq, a just state for all its peoples.
- Jalal Talabani
As president of Iraq, I shall strive to represent the diversity of a country that has too often in the past denied difference.
- Jalal Talabani
My door will always be open to those who genuinely renounce violence and seek peaceful accommodation into our nascent democracy.
- Jalal Talabani
Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible.
- Jalal Talabani

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