America declares it opposes “strongly” referendum Kurdistan Region

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The US State Department said that the United States “strongly opposed” the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region on Iraq and urges Kurdish leaders to enter into negotiations with the Iraqi government instead.
“The United States strongly opposes the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) scheduled for Sept. 25,” State Department spokesman Heather Naort said in a statement.

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Kurdistan Delegation to Visit Baghdad Prior to Referendum


Kurdistan Delegation to Visit Baghdad Prior to Referendum

ERBIL — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad within the following two days to hold another discussion over pending disputes and the imminent independence referendum.

According to a statement by Kurdistan Region Presidency, the decision was made after Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and his Iraqi counterpart met in Sulaymaniyah on Wednesday.

The two officials discussed the alternatives proposed by the international community to convince Erbil put off the vote. They also talked about another initiative put forward by Iraqi President Fuad Masum.

In the meeting, Barzani reiterated that Erbil has tried every formula with Baghdad, from autonomy to federalism; but the central government of Iraq has failed to consider the Kurds as genius political partners.

He also pointed out that Erbil will continue dialogues with Baghdad before and after the referendum in hopes of paving the way for the sides to become “friendly neighbours” in the future as living together within on border did not work.


New conditions offered by Barzani to postpone the “referendum of separation”



New conditions offered by Barzani to postpone the "referendum of separation"

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Council member Romeo Hakkari told “Al-Ghad Press” that “the Kurdistan region agrees to postpone the referendum if there are international guarantees in the presence of international parties such as the United Nations, the European Union and major countries that are the sources of the decision,” stressing that “the region calls for such guarantees until Baghdad Convention and does not violate it. “
He stressed that “Baghdad has no choice but to agree on the guarantees demanded by the region and otherwise will not get any consensus with Baghdad on the postponement of the referendum,” adding that “the problems accumulated a decade ago prompted Kurdistan to demand these guarantees.”
“If Baghdad wants to solve its problems with the region, it must agree to the condition of the region to postpone the referendum and there is no alternative to it,” he said.

International Crisis Group: Kurdistan referendum is not legally binding


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Baghdad: The International Crisis Group on Wednesday considered the referendum of Iraqi Kurdistan to be held late this month as “not legally binding” whatever its consequences.
“The referendum can not turn Kurdistan into an independent state, regardless of voter turnout or its results, because the referendum is consultative and not legally binding,” comments on the referendum issued by the International Crisis Group, an independent think tank based in Brussels. “The legal status of the Kurdistan region of Iraq will not change and that Kurdish officials may retain their positions in the central government in Baghdad, including Iraqi President Fuad Masum.” “The motives for holding this referendum are related to Kurdish internal politics and long-term relations with Baghdad rather than direct Kurdish national aspirations,” she said.

infallible policy returns to Baghdad after meeting Barzani and Kurdish leaders in Sulaymaniyah

Masoum returns to Baghdad after meeting with Barzani and Kurdish leaders in Sulaymaniyah
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The President of the Republic Fuad Masoum arrived in Baghdad Wednesday evening after a series of meetings, held in Sulaymaniyah, with the political leaders in the Kurdistan Region focused on the initiative of the President of the Republic to address the political crisis between the federal government and the provincial government focused on the referendum in the Kurdistan Region.

The Presidency said in a statement to the twilight News that the infallible during the visit with Mr. Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan region and Vice-President of the region, Mr. Kusrat Rasul Ali and the General Coordinator of the Movement for Change Omar Ali Ali, while the meetings also dealt with political developments at the Kurdistan and Iraqi levels.