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.


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.

Thursday is an official holiday on the occasion of the Islamic New Year


BAGHDAD – The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced on Wednesday that the official working hours of Thursday will be suspended.




The Secretariat said in a statement that it announced “the disruption of the official working day for tomorrow Thursday, 21/9/2017 … corresponding to the first of Muharram al-Haram, the Hijri New Year.” Finished



Barzani calls for a serious dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil under international auspices

Barzani calls for a serious dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil under international auspices
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“The aim of the referendum is the desire of the people of Kurdistan to determine their future, stressing the beginning of a serious and friendly dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad, the international community should play its positive role in this,” Kurdistan Region President Nezhirvan Barzani said during a meeting with the Honduran ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday. Connection.

In a statement to the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government replied to the twilight News, that Barzani received in Arbil, the capital of the new Dutch ambassador to Iraq, Matges Walters and the accompanying diplomatic delegation.

The statement pointed out that Walters was pleased to visit the Kurdistan region and meet with the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government and referred to the field visits he made to the camps of refugees and refugees fleeing from the oppression of terrorism, praising the response of the people and the government of the province and its forces to terrorism and the reception of refugees and refugees and their protection and services.

The statement added that the Dutch ambassador highly appreciated the remarkable progress made by the Kurdistan region, which has recently witnessed a kind of laxity due to the financial crisis, announcing his country’s readiness to help the provincial government in various fields.

The statement noted that the meeting saw the reasons for the decision to hold the referendum by the Kurdish political leadership and in this regard Barzani provided a brief description of the stations of the political situation of Kurdistan with the parties to the Iraqi opposition before the fall of the former regime and the current authorities in Iraq who did not implement the principle of true partnership.

Barzani reiterated that the aim of the referendum is the desire of the people of Kurdistan to determine their future, stressing the start of a serious and friendly dialogue between Arbil and Baghdad on the international community to play its positive role in this regard.

Barzani also discussed the fight against the terrorists of the Peshmerga organization and the Iraqi army, he said, adding that this coordination and cooperation have achieved good and productive achievements in the war against terrorists.

The statement quoted Barzani, stressing that the Kurdistan Regional Government will continue its efforts with the Iraqi army and the international community to eliminate the threat of terrorist “urged” in the region.

Kurdistan retreat from the referendum and promise to cancel the solution of problems


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President Fuad Masoum launched an initiative that includes a road map to contain the crisis of the Kurdistan referendum scheduled for September 25.
According to the text of the initiative, “Based on the meetings, consultations and contacts held by the President of the Republic, Fuad Masoum, with the leaders and leaders of the blocks and the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the ambassadors of the major powers and the proposals and ideas and initiatives on the referendum of the region, it was agreed to put forward the following initiative In front of all parties, for the purpose of adoption and approval as a road map to resolve all outstanding problems between the region and the federal government and at all levels.
“The adoption of the United Nations paper presented by the representative of the UN Secretary-General Jan Kubic, which was accepted by the five permanent members of the Security Council, which includes the following:” Negotiations between the parties begin in September 2017 without preconditions to resolve outstanding problems according to the principle of partnership “He said.
And stressed the “need to complete these negotiations within a period of time not exceeding three years,” adding that “the United Nations supports the process of negotiations and implementation of the terms of the agreement between the parties.”
“Based on this agreement, the provincial government decides not to hold the referendum to be held on 25/9/2017 and in the case of failure to achieve those negotiations are referenda to the referendum.”
She pointed out that “in order to achieve this initiative is the formation of a high committee and committees supervising all the dialogues and what is required of them in order to make these negotiations successful through the formation of the Supreme Committee, which is headed by the President of the Republic and includes the Prime Minister of the Federal Council and the President of the Council of Representatives and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Territory and the involvement of the Representative of the Secretary-General United Nations “.
She pointed out that “there should be three committees overseeing the dialogues and negotiations include the Legislative Committee and concerned the completion of outstanding legislation between the province and the federal government, and the executive committee to follow up the implementation of decisions and decisions issued by the federal government and the region, and the political committee and cost all that would resolve political files Relationship “.
The initiative noted that “the time limit for ending the outstanding issues between the region and the federal government should be no more than three years.”
“The period of 18 months to be the first to resolve the executive files that have been issued legislation or decisions are still invalid, in addition to the need to complete all legislation to be enacted by the federal legislative authority and the region and decisions to be issued by the federal executive authority and the region.
The initiative also said that “the second 18-month period will be to resolve all files that issue legislation or decisions as a result of the negotiations that have been held.”
It concluded that “the resolution of all issues referred to by the Constitution has not been implemented such as constitutional amendments or self-determination of Kirkuk in accordance with Article 140 of the Constitution and the disputed areas and other outstanding issues.”