The United Nations proposes to withdraw from the referendum in Kurdistan in exchange for negotiations with Baghdad


© AFP | A picture of the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament in Erbil, northern Iraq, taken on 15 September 2017

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The United Nations has submitted a proposal to the president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, to abandon the referendum on 25 September, in exchange for helping to reach an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil in a maximum of three years.

According to the document presented by the UN envoy to Iraq, Jan Kubis, Thursday to Barzani, and obtained by AFP in Erbil, the proposal for the Iraqi government and the government of the Territory immediately launched “intensive negotiations, intensive, intensive … Without preconditions And an open agenda on ways to solve all the problems, deals with the principles and arrangements that will determine future relations and cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil. “

The two sides should conclude their negotiations within two to three years and can request “the United Nations, on behalf of the international community, to offer its good offices both in the negotiation process and in the development of results and conclusions.”

On the other hand, “the Kurdistan government decides not to hold a referendum on 25 September.”

The Iraqi Kurdistan parliament approved Friday, as expected, to hold a referendum on the independence of the Northern Territory on schedule.

The document states that “the Security Council shall continue to follow up the implementation of this Agreement through regular reports of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.”

After several setbacks, and while Baghdad accuses Baghdad of failing to keep its promises, the United Nations intends to reassure Erbil by committing itself to playing a key role.

In response to a question by AFP, Kubis said that “there is an offer, if the (Kurds) agree on this alternative will be negotiations,” noting that he expected a response from Barzani during “two or three.”

 © 2017 AFP

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