Baghdad today – follow up
A small delegation of “decision-makers” in the Kurdistan region will visit the capital Baghdad on August 10 on the referendum scheduled for September 25 this year, Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported.
The newspaper said quoting a senior source in the Kurdistan Democratic Party – led by the President of the region Massoud Barzani, “The scheduled scheduled visit to the Kurdish political delegation to Baghdad is the tenth of this month, but that was not officially announced,” indicating that “the delegation will be small and includes Kurdish political figures Described as a decision maker. “
The Arab Jerusalem that “one of the most important files to be discussed by the delegation expected, the subject of the separation of the Kurdistan region from the Iraqi state, and the implications of the understandings with the federal government in Baghdad.”
The source added that “in the last meeting of the Supreme Council to hold a referendum in the Kurdistan region, which took place in early August, it was agreed to send a delegation to Baghdad under the supervision of Massoud Barzani, head of the region and Kuzrat Rasul, deputy chairman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Vice President of the region, to discuss the issues of the referendum Separation “.
“This delegation will come to Baghdad, within a few days, to negotiate the mechanisms for holding the referendum,” the newspaper said, quoting Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) MP Majid Shankali.
“The delegation will carry with it a message explaining that the referendum will not harm Baghdad, but will ensure its security and stability in the future.”
He added that “the Kurds seek to achieve their goal including the Kurdish state through dialogue and research and communication with the rest of the partners,” but in the case of the insistence of the other party to refuse, we will proceed with the referendum as a natural right of the people of Kurdistan, and guaranteed by the principles of human rights and the United Nations and international law ” .
On the government’s views on the referendum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the referendum is “not successful”, adding that it may impede the solution of problems between Baghdad and Erbil, and that the leaders of the Kurds “make up for it.”
In turn, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that the referendum on the independence of the Kurds will strengthen the position of their territory in northern Iraq negotiations with Baghdad, but it will not lead to an automatic separation from the homeland.
“You will hear people say that we are with Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity and we want dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil,” Zebari said.