Ebadi’s office “lies” Mullah Bakhtiar on the referendum


Abadi's office "lies" Mullah Bakhtiar on the referendum
10 hours ago

The office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi lied to the information provided by the official of the working party of the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan on the negotiations conducted by a Kurdish delegation with the central government officials in Baghdad.

The office said in a statement to the twilight news that it denies “the false information published in a report by Reuters about the Kurdish political delegation to Baghdad.”

He added that “the transfer of the agency’s correspondent recently to the official body of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Mullah Bakhtiar in the report contains false information and far from reality was not addressed at all in the talks of the Kurdish delegation, and Mullah Bakhtiar was not originally within the Kurdish delegation.

“The report of the agency did not take the absolute view of the second party and the opinion of the delegation and only one opinion was not present within the delegation and provided incorrect information.”

Earlier in the day, Reuters quoted Mullah Bakhtiar as saying that the Kurdistan region may consider the possibility of postponing a referendum on independence scheduled for September 25 in exchange for financial and political concessions from the central government in Baghdad.

“As an alternative to delaying the referendum, Baghdad is ready to achieve anything for the Kurdistan region,” Bakhtiar said, adding that Baghdad should be ready to help the Kurds overcome a financial crisis and settle debts owed by their government.

He said Baghdad had to agree to settle the issue of disputed areas such as the oil-rich region of Kirkuk, home to Arabs and Turkmen.

He said that the Kurdish delegation will convey the proposals it will receive to the Kurdish political parties to decide on whether they are sufficient to justify postponement of the vote, stressing that the Kurds retain the right to vote at a later date if the postponement.

“We do not accept that we should postpone the referendum without an alternative and without setting another time for the referendum or another time,” he said.




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