Kurdish delegation to revisit Baghdad on referendum


Iraq news

May 01 2017 08:29 PM
Kurdish delegation
Kurdish delegation

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) plans to form a delegation from all Kurdish parties to visit Baghdad again in the next few days to discuss the issue of the referendum on the region’s independence.

No particular date has been specified for the visit.

On April 5th, a Kurdish delegation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Party of Kurdistan held talks in Baghdad with the central government officials on the referendum.

The talks tackled the constitutional mechanisms to achieve the Kurdistan region’s right to self-determination, MP Perwan Khilany for the KDP said in televised remarks.

In a joint conference with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres , Kurdistan President Masaud Barzani said the semi-autonomous district would hold an “imminent referendum on its independence”.

The statements were strongly opposed by Iraqi government officials.

In late March, Kirkuk Provincial Council stirred wide-spread controversy after holding a vote on raising the Kurdish flag above governmental buildings in the oil-rich province.

The move was slammed by the Iraqi parliament that voted against it by a huge majority.



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