Barzani demands alternative to referendum «within three days»


Tension in Kirkuk … Turkey is oscillating between escalation and mediation
Wednesday – 29 Dhu al-Hijjah 1438 AH – 20 September 2017 AD Issue Number [14176]
Governor of Kirkuk Kurdish Necmettin Karim, who was dismissed by the Iraqi parliament in a rally in support of the referendum on independence yesterday (AFP)
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The President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq Massoud Barzani, yesterday, that the region is going to the referendum on independence next Monday, required a real alternative within three days to cancel it.

“If there is no real alternative in three days, it is impossible to postpone the referendum,” Barzani said in a rally in support of the independence referendum. “If there is a guarantor for our rights, we will celebrate September 25 and hold mass rallies. If we do not get the alternative, .

Meanwhile, the official of the Foreign Relations Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Falah Mustafa, after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu, in New York yesterday, that Turkey, France and the United Nations is currently working on a proposal that includes guarantees demanded by the Kurdish leadership.

In the same context, Gawishoglu expressed his country’s readiness to mediate between Arbil and Baghdad, pointing to the ability of his country to «guarantee the rights of the Kurds». This Turkish situation coincides with a military escalation of the deployment of the army on the border with Iraq.

On the other hand, there is tension in the disputed city of Kirkuk between Arbil and Baghdad after the shooting last night from one of the headquarters of the Turkmen Front in the city on a group of young Kurds and Arabs were on their way to rally in support of the referendum, killing a young Kurdish and wounding four others , Two of whom are Arab.



The crisis in Kirkuk threatens Abadi’s visit to New York

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Leader of the coalition of state law Jassem Mohammed Jaafar change the schedule of the Prime Minister’s visit to New York. “Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has only left Iraq now because of the conditions of the province of Kirkuk and the referendum of the Kurds,” Jaafar told The Journal News on Tuesday. “It is possible that Abadi will attend an hour to address the UN General Assembly in New York and return directly to Baghdad,” he said.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he would defend the citizens of Kirkuk if they were exposed to any danger and demanded that the central forces in Kirkuk not be involved in any conflict that erupted there and protect all components. “We will not fight for an area, Land and war is completely unacceptable, “stressing at the same time that” Baghdad will not control the Sinjar or disputed areas because the people of these areas are to govern their areas. ”

Tomorrow .. Infallible in Sulaymaniyah and the last attempt to postpone the referendum



Tomorrow .. Infallible in Sulaymaniyah and the last attempt to postpone the referendum


19-09-2017 11:53 PMThe Euphrates –

The news of the Euphrates news that President Fuad Masum will be headed tomorrow to Sulaymaniyah to hold a meeting with the leaders of all Kurdish parties to discuss the last attempt to postpone the referendum.

Abadi blames Turkey’s policy by referendum Kurdistan [expanded]


Date of release: 2017/9/20 0:07 • 42 times read
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, the leader of Turkey’s policy, pushed the Kurdistan region to hold a referendum on secession from Iraq scheduled for September 25.
The relations between Ankara and the region have seen a steady improvement in relations, especially in the field of energy and investments and the holding of deals over the past few years in isolation from Baghdad, which was strained to enter the Turkish troops in the camp of Baashika northern Iraq without Iraq’s consent. Abadi said in an interview with journalists in Baghdad on Tuesday evening that “the referendum proved Turkey’s mistake of its policy with Kurdistan,” but “we have noticed a significant change in Turkey’s attitude towards Iraq.” “There are meetings and cooperation on the ground with the Turks resulted in the contacts and the latest Turkish positions.” “The referendum of Kurdistan is not true at any time, and we will impose security in the event that it is carried out,” Ebadi said, without elaborating the nature of the move. And rejected the initiative of President Fuad Masoum in the dialogue and political consensus in the referendum crisis without declaring his explicit position.

Abul-Gheit is discussing with Kubic the referendum file and stresses the need to preserve the unity of Iraq

Political Since 2017-09-19 at 19:45 (Baghdad time)


Baghdad – Mawazine News

The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Tuesday, with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubic, the latest developments in Iraq, especially the file of the referendum secession of Kurdistan.

“Abul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, met on the sidelines of his participation in the meetings of the current session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York with Jan Kubic, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Iraq,” said a statement by the League of Arab States. “Adding that” the meeting dealt with the latest developments in Iraq. ”

He pointed out that “Kubic presented the most important results of his contacts in this regard over the recent period, especially with the Iraqi parties, in the framework of seeking to strengthen the security and stability of Iraq and to face the threats and challenges faced by the Iraqi people, especially the threat of terrorism embodied by the organization To support the institutions of the Iraqi state, in addition to the contacts conducted on the referendum in the Kurdistan region on 25 January.

The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Aboul Gheit, stressed that “the priority of the international community should be to preserve the unity, sovereignty, security and stability of Iraq in the light of the great suffering and sacrifices suffered by the Iraqi people over the past years, Which requires all Iraqi, regional and international parties to take into account the interests of all groups and sects in Iraq without discrimination, and with all the Iraqi people to enjoy their full rights on the basis of the principles of citizenship and equality within the framework of a unified federal and democratic, Non-interference of external parties in the internal affairs of Iraq. ”

Aboul Gheit said that the Arab League’s position on the developments in Iraq, including the recent decision on this issue, the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers on 13 in Cairo on supporting the unity and sovereignty of Iraq, and the most important dimensions of his recent visit to Iraq, To the Kurdish leadership in Erbil, “referring to” the complexity of the holding of the referendum in the Kurdistan region on 25 in light of what may have a wide implications for the unity of Iraq and its security and stability, as well as on Arab national security. ”

Aboul Gheit called on the UN envoy to “continue to communicate with him periodically to inform him of the most important results of his contacts, in the framework of ensuring the role of the League of Arab States in following up the important developments of the Arab affairs.”

Kurdish official: Two states and the United Nations are currently working to respond to alternative referendum guarantees

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“Turkey, France and the United Nations are currently working to respond to the guarantees demanded by the Kurdish leadership in return for postponing the referendum scheduled for September 25 for independence from Iraq,” the official said.
In a press statement published on the official website of Foreign Relations, Mustafa said that Turkey, France and the United Nations, after the proposal was put forward by the US and other countries last week, are currently working to respond to the guarantees requested by the Kurdish leadership.
He added that it is important that the issue of the referendum in the region reached the countries of the world and the UN Security Council, and they want to find a way to serve stability in Iraq and the region.

Parliament supports Abadi in his steps towards the referendum

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Political Since 2017-09-19 at 18:31 (Baghdad time)



Baghdad – Mawazine News

MP of the National Coalition Hamid al-Mutlaq, Tuesday, that the House of Representatives is committed and supports the decisions of the Federal Court and the Council of Ministers on the referendum of Kurdistan, among the talk about the post-referendum is still early and for each recent incident.

Al-Mutlaq told Mawazine News that “the House of Representatives has a consistent position of rejecting the referendum in the Kurdistan region and did not retreat,” asserting “the Council’s support for the decisions of the Council of Ministers and its commitment to the decisions of the Federal Court.”

“He added that” talk about the post-referendum is still early and for each recent incident, “noting that” Parliament is a legislative authority can not take a position in the event of a referendum. ”

The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to hold a referendum on independence on September 25, despite local and international opposition and by various political parties and forces.

The head of the Kurdistan region, earlier on Tuesday, to give up positions in the Iraqi government, which he described as a government in a religious state and not a federal address to Turkey and Iran by rejecting the threat language and urging the international community written guarantees to postpone the referendum.


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Barzani: We Have the Right Not to Trust Verbal Pledges   

 Leyla H. Sherwani

 19/09/2017 – 18:41


ERBIL— If the Kurdistan Region leadership receives an alternative for its independence referendum from Baghdad which the international community can guarantee its enforcement, instead of voting to the referendum on September 25, the people of Kurdistan will celebrate the date, otherwise, they will go ahead with their vote, said Kurdistan Region President.
In a massive public campaign, which tens of thousands of people attended in the town of Soran (Erbil province) on Tuesday, Masoud Barzani stated for the issue of the referendum, the international community is now using a “highly respected” language.
“But our issue is with Baghdad. We should reach an agreement with Baghdad… which both sides can accept,” he said, adding then the international community, Europe and the US should support it and guarantee that it will be implemented.
“It is the legitimate right of the people of Kurdistan to have guarantees because we witnessed a very bitter experience in the past years. It’s our right not to believe in any verbal pledges or flexible letters,” Barzani stated, noting any agreement should be written in a language that no one can evade or make other interpretations for.  
President Barzani also alluded to a change in the position of Baghdad and the world powers with regards to the independence referendum.
He said the issue was discussed with all the parties in the previous years.
“Then they were very flexible but recently we notice a change in their position…. Before they did not take it seriously but the decision is solemn and will be enforced,” he remarked.
He also criticized some parties who claim Kurdistan Region is using the referendum as a bargaining chip, adding some believed the people of Kurdistan are not united.
“But one of the factors for the success of the referendum is that all the parties are common over the vote… The decision for referendum is the decision of all the people of Kurdistan,” Kurdistan President stated.
He also responded to the accusations by some Iraqi parties that the Kurdistan Region is intending to impeach on the territorial unity of Iraq, saying “We have not violated the unity of Iraq, they did it themselves.”
“We went to Baghdad to become partner and brothers with them but they did not accept this and we will not be servant to anyone.”
President Barzani wondered if Baghdad does not accept the referendum now, how it can accept it after two years.
“Further lapse of time is not in the interest of the people of Kurdistan,” he warned.
During his speech, once again, Barzani called on Kurdistan neighbors to continue with their friendly relations with the people of Kurdistan as they did in the past 25 years.
He stated “We will not be threat to anyone. We seek to be friendly. We hope that we are not spoken to with a threatening language because no one accepts this.”
Kurdistan President also emphasized the issues between Baghdad and Erbil should be settled through dialogue, adding “We are against using force against any party.”
“At the same time, we exercise our right. If there is an incursion against us, we defend ourselves.”
Barzani also called on the people of Kurdistan to protect their “Arab brothers” who are living in Kurdistan as IDPs.
“They are our brothers and relatives. Respect them,” he demanded, warning the Arab IDPs in Kurdistan should not be retaliated for if some violation against Kurds is committed anywhere in the country.
“If there is an issue with governments, it is not the issue of two nations. In Kurdistan, Kurds, Turkmens, Arabs, and Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac people are all brothers,” Barzani said.