17 March 2012
|The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso awarded - together with the Albanian Defense Minister Arben Imam - the 2012 “Mediterranean Award for Peace” to the President of the Region of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani.
Capasso stated that “this award has been conferred upon the Kurdish people and the martyrs of one of the most ferocious genocides in history”.
Before a large audience, an emotional President Barzani said the following: “This award is a tribute to the victims of genocide in Kurdistan and to all the Kurdish people. It is an international acknowledgment of the possibility for different religions and diverse ethnicities to live alongside one another contributing to peace. I dedicate this prestigious Award to the families of all the victims of genocide in Kurdistan”.