The representative of the Yazidi component of the Supreme Council for the referendum in Kurdistan, Sheikh Shamu, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We are proud of the launch of the campaign to announce the referendum. The most important thing that the people of Kurdistan are proud of is the seriousness and determination of the Kurdistan political leadership to hold the referendum on time. This will be an incentive for the people who fought terrorism, and won it, to be determined to achieve his dream ».
“As a component of Yazidi, we continue to hold activities to motivate citizens to participate in the referendum, such as the mass rallies in Yazidi areas. “The Supreme Council for the Referendum in Kurdistan continues its efforts to unify the Kurdish House, activate the Kurdistan Parliament, solve the problems between the political parties, In addition to sending committees emanating from him out of Kurdistan to deliver the “voice of the people” of Kurdistan to the international community.
The celebration of the start of the media campaign for the referendum in Erbil continued until the early hours of the night, citizens decorated their cars with the knowledge of Kurdistan and slogans that urge participation in the process and vote yes for the establishment of the Kurdish state.
Sarbest Mohammed, a young Kurd from Duhok, barely 20 years later, stood with another group of his young peers in Erbil Park, covered his back with the knowledge of Kurdistan, and shouted at the top of his voice: “Yes to the Kurdish state.” He told Asharq Al-Awsat: I came with all the family to the city center to participate in this historic celebration. We will celebrate again, and from this place, the day of the declaration of the establishment of the state of Kurdistan ».
For his part, Kamran Farhad supported what his friend Sarbest said, and explained to Asharq Al-Awsat: “We chose the referendum, and through it we can only reach our goals in establishing the state. We hope that all of us will be one in order to reach this goal for which we sacrificed. For more than a hundred years ago, and call on the Arab world and the international community to support the state of Kurdistan because it will be a source of stability in the region ».
Omar Karim, from Mosul, who lives in Erbil for years, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “I am an Iraqi Arab citizen. I have lived here in Kurdistan for more than three years with my family. The situation here is the best. The territory opened to us in the worst conditions we were going through, and gave us power and care, and therefore we Arabs in Kurdistan support the referendum and independence and the establishment of the Kurdish state ». The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum in Kurdistan issued a set of instructions for the media campaign, in particular the emphasis on not using public money, state institutions and places of worship, or raising slogans that lead to rivalry and conflict in the campaign ». “The media campaign for the referendum process has officially begun, and will continue until 12:00 midnight on September 22,” UNHCR spokesman Sherwan Zarar told Asharq Al-Awsat. We call upon all political parties, citizens, international and local media organizations and civil organizations to abide by our instructions in order to obtain a successful media campaign. “
Yesterday saw the cities of Kurdistan, and the Kurdistan regions outside the administration of the (disputed), the start of the media campaign for the referendum of independence, and participated citizens of different groups and segments and components in this campaign.
– Iran: Kurdish referendum crisis
In Tehran, Tasnim quoted the special assistant to the head of the Iranian Shura Council, in charge of international affairs, Hussein Amir Abdullahian, as saying that the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan would lead to a new crisis. He said that during his meeting with the diplomatic advisor to French President Eric Chevallier, “The issue of holding a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan will not be a solution to the problems, and there will be a new crisis in Iraq, especially as finding differences in Iraq will provide a new opportunity for terrorism.”