Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi heads to New York City on Sunday evening to attend the UN General Assembly.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference ahead of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 13, 2017. REUTERS / Mike Segar
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Sunday that a planned Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region “would detract from the need to defeat” Islamic State and to reconstituted regained territories.
“The Secretary-General respects the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Iraq and prisoners that all outstanding issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government should be resolved through structured dialogue and constructive compromise,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“The Secretary-General calls upon the leaders across Iraq to approach this matter with patience and restraint,” he said.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Peter Cooney
Journal September 17, 2017
Baghdad – Journal News
The National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, the head of the armed forces, affirmed his clear position in protecting the unity of Iraq and the safety of all its citizens and stopping the measures that threaten the security of the country and the citizen.
“The council rejects the referendum of the Kurdistan region for unconstitutionality,” a statement from the prime minister’s office said. “It represents a threat to national security and the unity of the Iraqi fabric.
The Council noted that it seeks to achieve security for all Iraqis with all their identities and is keen on the security of the country and peaceful coexistence between citizens and does not allow the threat of this coexistence.
The Council said that the heroes of Iraq have succeeded in their sacrifices and their cooperation in liberating the territories and defeating gangs that support terrorism. They are continuing to liberate the rest of the lands in western Anbar and Hawija and will not stop until the liberation of all lands as a national priority.
The Council stressed that the victories of Iraqis have become a source of admiration for the whole world, which supports the unity and sovereignty of Iraq.
The Ministerial Council on National Security stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve outstanding issues rather than jeopardizing the security of the country.
The council called for speeding up the procedures for approving the implementation of the death sentences against those convicted of terrorist crimes and acquitted of their decisions.
The Ministerial Council on National Security also called on the House of Representatives to speed up the adoption of amending the amnesty law to enable the authorities to carry out the death sentences against terrorists convicted of decisions that have been obtained by the law of amnesty imposed by the House of Representatives.
ERBIL— The Senior Referendum Council of the Kurdistan Region declared on Sunday that Kurdistan Region will go ahead with its imminent independence referendum, set for September 25.
The members of the council convened Sunday evening. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani chaired the meeting which evaluated the proposals by the international community as alternates to holding the independence vote.
“As the proposals which are suggested so far lack the necessary guarantees that our people can agree on and trust, the referendum process will continue,” reads a statement issued after the meeting.
The statement also emphasized that for securing the right of self-determination for the people of Kurdistan, the council will carry on with dialoged and talks with the entire related parties in the international community in a “constructive responsible spirit.”
The parliamentary finance committee announced on Sunday the appointment of the committee this week to hold a special session to discuss the strategy for the general budgets of Iraq for the years from 2018 to 2020 and raise proposals to the Iraqi government.
“The committee has set this week as the date for a special meeting within the committee to host financial experts to discuss the financial strategy of Iraq’s federal budgets from 2018 to 2020,” said member of the committee Abdul Qadir Mohammed.
He added that “the purpose of the meeting is to establish certain foundations and figures identified as a number or approach to the approach of the government to take advantage of it in the formulation of its future policies.”
The leader of the National Wisdom Movement Ammar al-Hakim, that the crisis of the referendum of the Kurdistan region for separation from Iraq carries ‘surprises’ in the coming hours.
“Our choice is to stop the referendum and return to dialogue, and we hope that the political movement in the next 72 hours will lead to surprises that will raise the risk for everyone,” Hakim said during his presidency of the Baghdad bureau for media elites. Stressing that dialogue is inevitable, provided that it is serious, deep and comprehensive within the framework of the Constitution, require acceptance of the Constitution without selectivity because it was placed to ensure the interests of all, ‘pointing out that initiatives may be a way out of the crisis.
He called for dealing with each stage of its conditions and conditions without burning the stages, praising the government’s calm position in public, serious and deep in finding a solution that guarantees the rights of all parties under the light in a way that reassures everyone and preserves their rights.
The Supreme Committee for the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region on Sunday to send a Kurdish delegation to the Iraqi capital Baghdad for a second round of talks on the subject of the referendum.
This came during a meeting of the Committee in Arbil, the capital of the region, held under the auspices of Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region.
A source familiar with the meeting, told Ashfaq News, that the Committee decided to send a delegation to Baghdad during the next two days to hold talks with Baghdad on the referendum.
He added that the meeting was still ongoing, where the members of the negotiating delegation are now selected.
The Kurdish delegation last month held a round of talks with Iraqi government officials and leaders and leaders of Iraqi parties on the referendum, without reaching tangible results.
The Iraqi government opposes holding a referendum on May 25 and has threatened to resort to military force.
The Independent Electoral Commission said on Sunday that the government had informed it of the cancellation of a scheduled date for the provincial elections, which means postponing the process indefinitely.
A member of the Board of Commissioners and the spokesman of the Commission, Muqdad al-Sharifi said in a press statement to the twilight News, that the Commission received a letter from the Council of Ministers canceled his decision No. (11) for the year and to determine the date of holding provincial elections not organized in the province for the year 2017.
The government had earlier set local elections on 16 September.
He added that the Cabinet took the new decision at its meeting last Tuesday, pointing out that the Council of Ministers informed the Commission of this decision and to propose a new date for the holding of the elections in accordance with Article 46 / I of the provincial elections law and districts No. 36 of 2008 amended .
He added that “the Kurdish delegation will take into account the initiative of President Fuad Masum, and works to complete and mature previous dialogues.”
As for the Kurdish leadership’s insistence on holding the referendum on time, Berrah said that “the Kurds’ going to the referendum is due to lack of confidence, and in the event of rebuilding confidence and guarantees, many things can change.”
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