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Germany: Kurdistan referendum plans could stoke tension in the region

June 8, 2017

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Announced, Germany, on Thursday, it is concerned that the KRG plans to hold a referendum on independence next September could inflame tensions in the region.

 

This came during a statement by German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, quoted by Reuters in the first international reaction to the plans announced by the regional president Massoud Barzani to hold a referendum on 25 September next.

 

Gabriel said that "we can only be wary of taking unilateral steps in this case," adding that "the unity of Iraq is in great danger."

 

He continued that "redrawing the borders of the state is not the right way and may lead to the aggravation of the difficult situation already troubled in Erbil and Baghdad as well."

 

Gabriel called "all parties to seek dialogue and find a consensus to deal with outstanding issues and not to ignite conflicts again in the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad."

 

He said that "it is necessary to maintain unity inside Iraq to support the ongoing war against al-Daesh."

 

He said that "victory was not achieved after the war against Daesh and only together we can take the following steps which may be the most important in dealing with the challenges ahead."

 

The, Russian Foreign Ministry announced earlier on Thursday, its support for the unity of the Iraqi territory, calling for the settlement of all disputes between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad through dialogue.

 

The spokeswoman said Foreign Ministry spokesman Russian Maria Zakharova told a news conference today that "the Kurdistan Regional leaders statements about a referendum on self-determination in the next September, drew our attention," asserting that "Russia calls for the support of Iraq's territorial integrity and respect for and observance of the legitimate rights of all communities and national groups without conditions, and the Kurds represent the largest of those groups. "

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Barzani issued a decree to hold the parliamentary elections and the presidency of the Kurdistan Region

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(Independent) .. The President of the Korstan region, Massoud Barzani, on Thursday, a decree of five points, the Supreme Electoral Commission in the Kurdistan Region to hold the parliamentary elections and the presidency of the province.

The decree granting the Electoral Commission for elections and the referendum in the Kurdistan Region to determine the validity of the election day to be "within the legal period," and to take the necessary preparations to carry out the operation.

Decree on the necessity of "taking all relevant in the Kurdistan Region and global standards laws into consideration in the conduct of the election process and to vote in a democratic, free and civilized" he stressed.

And to prevent any "government institution or party" interference "in any way" in the work of the election process, voting, supervisors and employees by officials. "

And it called on all parties concerned to abide by the decree and "cooperation and coordination with the Independent Electoral Commission for the election and the referendum for the implementation of this decree."

This comes a day after the decree determining the territory of the 25 of next September to hold a referendum independence of the central province of Kurdistan from some Kurdish parties

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History of edits:: 2017/6/9 11:55 • 84 times readable
Abadi Office responded to the referendum region: no one party to determine the future of Iraq
[Oan- Baghdad] 
Post Office Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi, the declaration of the Kurdistan region to set a date for a referendum independence of the province.
Said a spokesman for Prime Minister Saad al - Hadithi 's office in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, that " the Iraqi government is based on the Constitution as a legal and political reference in determining the relationship between the federal and provincial government, mainly in the naming of the powers of each of them." 
He added that "any position or step taken by any party in Iraq must be based on the Constitution and compatible with its contents, and any decision concerning the future of Iraq defined constitutionally as [ a democratic country , a federal one with full national sovereignty] must take into account the constitutional provisions relevant." 
Sabri stressed that " the future of Iraq is not a special tip of one without the other, it is an Iraqi decision and all Iraqis involved and it must be for all Iraqis to determine their word about the future of their homeland." 
The "can not be any party alone that determines the fate of Iraq and in isolation from other parties, and any decision with respect to this matter must be done in consultation with other parties , and takes into account the national consensus." 
Some Kurdish parties in the Kurdistan region, agreed last Wednesday to hold a popular referendum on the fate of the region on 25 September next. 
They also agreed to hold parliamentary elections and the presidency of the region on the sixth of November. 
The agreement came during a meeting of the Kurdish parties , headed by Massoud Barzani in Erbil province amid some Kurdish political forces. 
In the first international reactions on the date of the Kurdish referendum, Germany expressed concern that the KRG plans to hold a referendum on independence being "could inflame tensions in the region." 
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday , "We can only be wary of taking unilateral steps in this case, the unity of Iraq is in great danger , " he said , adding that "redrawing the borders of the state is not the right way and may lead to the aggravation of the difficult situation already troubled in Erbil and Baghdad Also". 
The United States also warned yesterday that a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region may distract attention from the fight Daesh. 
The statement added that US foreign Washington "encourages Kurdish authorities in Iraq to communicate with the central Iraqi government on important issues."
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History of edits:: 2017/6/8 22:08 • 169 times readable
Party forces: a referendum region the first seed for the division of Iraq and pushing everyone to the abyss
[Oan- Baghdad] 
Party National Forces Union attacked the decision of the Kurdish political parties to set a date for the referendum , the independence of the Kurdistan region.
According to a statement of the party received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it that " the insistence of the two Kurdish leaders to hold a referendum to secede from the country and included some of the cities and provinces as mayor of Kirkuk , this scheme is the first seed to divide Iraq and belittle and achieve targets suspicious in the interests of the enemies of Iraq , " rejecting " this is a serious project. " 
"We believe that the reality of the political leadership in the Kurdistan region is not as before The years past produced significant problems among themselves about the management of the region and poor planning , especially in financial terms to avoid the economic situation of dire citizens of Kurdistan Fjalo from the referendum issue point to escape these problems, which would negatively affect the situation Kurds on the one hand and the introduction of Iraq in a major crisis on the external and internal level, especially since the auctions began to enter areas and other cities outside the region important to the project , particularly the referendum supposed Kirkuk and Nineveh plain. " 
The statement stressed that "we are not against the fate of the peoples report but the current situation of the Kurdistan region of political, economic and social terms is much better if Macarna surrounding Iraq, which is similar to the internal set Kodana in terms of the multiplicity of components so that insist on this requirement is to enter the country in general in the crisis will prompt countries everyone into the abyss. " 
He continued , "Based on the foregoing , we call on the Kurdish leaders to stop this issue and enough Mazidat and trading and manipulation of the feelings of the poor and was more likely led by the province to pay the employees ' salaries and not marketing slogans Angna and Chbahm hunger , the fact that Iraq lived through the ages one and united which is the secret of his strength, especially at this time to require support everyone to expel terrorism , "calling for " the federal government to intervene in this case and maintain the unity of the country and people. " 
He also appealed to the statement " the United Nations, the Arab League and all the international community organizations to stand against this step , which will lead to the partition of Iraq to forgive God , " calling the parent mission in Iraq to announce its official position of the move. " It is 
noteworthy that the political parties in the Kurdistan region met on Wednesday in the resort of Salahuddin in Arbil , headed by Massoud Barzani , and in the presence of Vice - President of the Kurdistan region and head of government and head of the Electoral Commission in Kurdistan and his deputy, which were identified 25 of the next September as the date for the referendum in the Kurdistan region. 
it boycotted the MDC and the Islamic Union Alkrdsta The meeting. 
He described Barzani, set a date for a referendum of independence, "historic and important achievement and values of the people of Kurdistan and the sacrifices of the martyrs," he said , adding: "We want to have better relations with Baghdad and neighboring countries."
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History of edits:: 2017/6/9 0:27 • 613 times readable
US warns of an independence referendum region
[Oan- follow - up] The 
United States warned Thursday that a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region may distract attention from the fight Daesh.
US Secretary in a statement : "We appreciate the aspirations of the Iraqi Kurdistan region to hold independence referendum but conducted attention from the war Payout against Daesh." 
The statement added that Washington was "encouraged Kurdish authorities in Iraq to communicate with the central Iraqi government on important issues." 
It agreed Kurdish parties in the Kurdistan region, on Wednesday, to hold a popular referendum on the fate of the region on 25 September next. 
They also agreed to hold parliamentary elections and the presidency of the region on the sixth of November. 
The agreement came during a meeting of the Kurdish parties , headed by Massoud Barzani Wednesday in the resort of Salahuddin in Arbil province amid some Kurdish political forces.
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History of edits:: 2017/6/8 23:40 • 145 times readable
National Democratic meet next week on activating the provincial parliament
{Baghdad: Euphrates News} Patriotic Union of Kurdistan delegation to the forces of Kurdistan announced a meeting on Thursday, he will meet with the Kurdistan Democratic Party next week.
According to a statement of the delegation, seen by the agency {Euphrates News}, "held at {2:30} yesterday evening in the office of the Presidency of the Kurdistan region, the meeting of the Kurdish political parties on the referendum and election issues , headed by Massoud Barzani , " noting "by the approval of the elections to as scheduled next November 6, it was identified 25 of the next September, a date for a referendum of independence in the Kurdistan Region. " 
He added , "As in previous meetings, the PUK delegation defended the leadership based on the decision of the Council and the Political Bureau, explicitly about the importance and the effect of activating the parliament." 
He said, "Luckily for most of the parties involved with the situation, and as a result of a dialogue official at the meeting, it was decided to activate the parliament and work on it immediately after the end of the meeting." 
The statement "due to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan ( PUK ) delegation will meet with the Kurdistan Democratic Party next week on the basis of the way the road provided by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and during the meeting will confirm that {as long as it has been set the date of the referendum, if you must activate the parliament, and the development of legal procedures for the referendum and elections and amendments to the electoral law in the work of parliament}. " 
He continued, "We can now say that we are optimistic about activating the parliament through the cooperation of all parties, and to activate the parliament will end a difficult period of relations Kurdish political parties, what will be happy heart of our people and our supporters, and it may be that our adversaries to reconsider their positions." 
The Kurdistan region, announced yesterday to determine 25 of next September to hold a referendum independence of the central province of Kurdistan from some Kurdish parties. 
For his part , issued a regional president Massoud Barzani, today, a decree of five points, the Supreme Commission for Elections in the Kurdistan region. 
According to the decree "on the basis of the Law of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region No. 1 of 2005 the rate, we have decided the following: 
1. The general elections for the fifth session of the Parliament of Kurdistan, and vote for the presidential elections for the Kurdistan region. 
2. determine the Independent Electoral Commission and the referendum in theKurdistan region of days to the purpose of the above during the legal period, and to take the necessary preparations for the procedure. 
3. must be taken of all relevant laws in the global standards of the Kurdistan region into consideration in the conduct of the election process and to vote in a democratic , free and civilized. 
4. not any government institution or party intervention in any form Forms in the work of the election process, voting, supervisors and workers on them. Officials 
5. All parties concerned are obliged to take the necessary, and cooperation and coordination with the Independent Electoral Commission for the election and the referendum to implement this decree ".anthy
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History of edits:: 2017/6/8 23:37 • 228 times readable
Washington urges Kurds to communicate with Baghdad on important issues
{Baghdad} Euphrates News urged the US State Department on Thursday, the region to communicate with Baghdad on important issues.
The news agencies quoted US State, saying that "we encourage the Kurdish authorities in Iraq to communicate with the central Iraqi government on important issues." 
The Kurdistan region, announced yesterday to determine 25 of next September to hold a referendum Kurdistan independence of central province of some parties Alcardstanih.anthy
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Zebari: the independence of Kurdistan strengthens the position of the Kurds in the negotiations with Baghdad .. does not mean separation

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Zebari: the independence of Kurdistan strengthens the position of the Kurds in the negotiations with Baghdad .. does not mean separation

 

09-06-2017 04:20 PM

 

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Hoshyar Zebari , a senior leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Massoud Barzani , said the expected yes vote in the referendum on Kurdish independence will strengthen the position of the Iraqi Kurdistan region in the negotiations with Baghdad , but it will not lead to secession from Iraq automatically. 

Zebari said that the vote on independence would not mean that the Kurds includes oil - rich or three other disputed areas in the Kirkuk area of land controlled by Alokrad.o people say we 're going to hear with Iraq 's unity and territorial integrity and we want dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil. We understand all that.

He said the referendum can not be a democratic process that any democratic country opposes a referendum. We are not talking about independence. We're talking about a referendum.

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2 things here- 1st: thank you for pointing out where the Abyss is - B) 2nd: All this chatter about Independence does leverage them when talking to Bagdaddy !!!

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On 5/13/2017 at 4:15 AM, yota691 said:

They will step down as soon as the agenda goals are full filled..... 

Pat everyone on the back, show full support, accomplish agreement on HCL, then everyone pullout, ...huh...what Kurdistan referendum independence what do you mean...lol

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Turkey: the decision of the referendum on the independence of the Kurds "fatal error"

June 9, 2017

He described the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday talk Kurdish leaders for a referendum on the independence of the territory as a "grave mistake."

 

The ministry said in an official statement that it "maintain Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity is a fundamental principle in Turkish politics.

 

And it warned the United States, that a referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan may distract attention from the fight against the organization "Daesh", while Germany has expressed its concern, warning of the conflict in the region.

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Iraq's Abadi slams Barzani's referendum decision

June 09 2017 09:27 PM
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Spokesman for Iraq's PM Haider Abadi's office announced Friday any move regarding Kurdistan region's independence should be carried out in conformity with the country's constitution. 

In a press statement released Friday, Sa'ad al-Hadithi said, " The governance in Iraq relies on the constitution as a legal and political reference to determine the relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan region".

On Wednesday, Kurdistan region President Masoud Barzani announced Sept. 25 as a date for the region's referendum on independence.

Barzani's announcement came following following a meeting with the Kurdish political parties in Erbil in northern Iraq.

"Any decision concerning the future of Iraq must take into account the constitutional provisions, it is an Iraqi decision and not one party alone," al-Hadithi was quoted as saying.

 

http://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/story/11863/Iraq-s-Abadi-slams-Barzani-s-referendum-decision

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Kurdish referendum 'not automatic break with Baghdad' - Senior official

June 09 2017 04:06 PM
Kurdish referendum 'not automatic break with Baghdad' - Senior official
Kurdish referendum 'not automatic break with Baghdad' - Senior official

 

 

An expected "yes" vote in an independence referendum would strengthen Kurdistan's hand in talks with Baghdad rather than leading to an automatic break from Iraq, Reuters quoted a senior ally of Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani as saying on Friday.
 

Hoshiyar Zebari also said a vote for secession would not mean the Kurds annexed either the oil-rich region of Kirkuk or three other disputed regions in Kurdish-controlled territory.

 "You will hear people saying we are for Iraq’s unity, territorial integrity, we want dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, we understand all this," he said.

 "A referendum is a democratic process, no democratic country can oppose having a referendum; we are not talking about independence, we are talking about the referendum."

 

http://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/story/11846/Kurdish-referendum-not-automatic-break-with-Baghdad-Senior-official

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Iraqi government rejects independence of Kurdistan Region

 June 10, 2017    Kur­dish Region, Middle East & World
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The Iraqi government said on Friday that any unilateral move by the Kurdistan Region towards independence would be rejected by Baghdad.

This comes just two days after the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, announced September 25 as a referendum day on Kurdish independence.

“No party can, on its own, decide the fate of Iraq, in isolation from the other parties,” said Saad al-Haddithi, Iraqi government spokesman.

“Iraq is constitutionally a democratic, federal country with full sovereignty … Any measure from any side in Iraq should be based on the constitution,” Haddithi said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reportedly said in April that he respected the Kurdish right to vote on independence, but he did not think the timing was right for the move.

Hemin Hawrami, the senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, said that the referendum will include the so-called disputed territories that have been mostly controlled by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces since June 2014, after the Iraqi army fled ISIS offensives in Mosul, despite setbacks in August 2014, when ISIS attacked and took Sinjar and other areas, which have almost all been taken back since last year, apart from south Sinjar.

“Referendum on 25/9/2017 is for Iraqi Kurdistan including Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Sinjar and Makhmour,” Hawrami said on Wednesday.

Both Turkey and Iran have opposed an independence referendum, however, the Iraqi Kurds say that the regional countries should not interfere in the region’s affairs.

“When we talk about a referendum, we talk about Kurdistan in Iraq only,” KRG’s foreign relations chief Falah Mustafa Bakir said, in a message to the neighbouring countries that have their own Kurdish populations, and fear Kurdish independence will inspire their own Kurds to seek more independence.http://aranews.net/2017/06/iraqi-government-rejects-independence-kurdistan-region/

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Kurds Should Not Decide on Referendum Unilaterally: Iraqi Govt

 

Government spokesperson calls for national consensus over the process

Basnews English

09/06/2017 - 13:57

 

 
Kurds Should Not Decide on Referendum Unilaterally: Iraqi Govt
 

ERBIL— The decision over running the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region should not be made unilaterally, said Iraqi government spokesperson, while he called for observing national consensus and constitution before launching the survey.  

Saad al-Hadithi's statement was published by the state-run media where he underlined Baghdad should also be involved in the decision-making process over the referendum.

The official stated "All Iraqis must have their word about the future of their homeland, and no party can determine its fate independently from others."

He stressed "any decision on the future of Iraq must take into account the constitutional provisions. It is an Iraqi decision and does not concern one party only."

On Wednesday Kurdistan Region leaders planned the referendum to be held on September 25, 2017 and agreed to continue negotiating with Baghdad and the neighboring countries as well as the international community for the process to be carried out in peace.

A hand-written note by Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani after announcing the date of the survey highlighted that Kurds strive to achieve their goals in peace and opt for the best ties with their neighbors, especially Iraq.

 

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/356436

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Saudis Initiate Social Media Trend in support of Kurdistan Independence

 

Basnews English

09/06/2017 - 21:52

 

 
Saudis Initiate Social Media Trend in Support of Kurdistan Independence
 

ERBIL — A large number of Saudis have shown their support for an imminent referendum on Kurdistan’s independence by initiating the #SaudiForKurdistan hashtag.

The trend comes after the Kurdish political parties decided on Wednesday to hold an independence referendum on 25th September this year. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani later issued a presidential order calling on the electoral commission to set the ground for the move on the decided date.

The Saudi social media users, especially on Twitter and Facebook platforms, publish Kurdistan and Saudi flags or the photographs showing Barzani and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, favouring a future Kurdish state.

Following the referendum, according to the decision by the political parties, presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in November the same year.

 

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/356488

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Kurdistan Expects Allies to Respect Right of Kurds to Self-determination: FM

 

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09/06/2017 - 23:36

 

 
Kurdistan Expects Allies to Respect Right of Kurds to Self-determination: FM
 

LODZ — Kurdistan Region’s expectations from friends in the international community “is to Respect the Right of Kurdistan to Self-Determination,” said Kurdistan Region’s Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Fallah Mustafa.

The call follows a major decision by Kurdish political parties to run the independence referendum on 25th September this year.

“The people of Kurdistan deserve to exercise their right to self-determination in order to freely determine their future political status,” Mustafa wrote on his official twitter account.

“Kurdistan has proven to be a factor for regional stability and a safe-haven for ethnic and religious groups regardless of their backgrounds,” the senior official stressed out, noting that the Kurdistan Region is “fully committed” to promote the legitimate political and economic interests and aspirations of its people.

 

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/356493

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Government and international veto against the secession of Kurdistan

   
 

 
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Confirm American Russian German Turkish on the territorial integrity of Iraq 
Prime Minister 's Office: The Iraqi government is based on the Constitution as a legal and political reference in determining the relationship between the federal government and the province of 
Baghdad / morning 
was met with the decision of representatives of political parties in the Parliament and the Government of the Territory, and aimed to determine the day of 25 September next, a date for a referendum on the secession of Kurdistan from Iraq, rejecting national, regional and international. 
And immediately announced the decision region, said Prime Minister 's Office, that " the future of Iraq is not a special tip of one without the other, and that the Iraqi government is based on the Constitution as a legal and political reference in determining the relationship between the federal government and the province." Accompanied the government 's position, the international positions were unanimous on the importance of "unity of Iraqi territory", describing the referendum in those circumstances, that is "could fuel tensions in the region", something which was confirmed by both " the United States, Russia, Germany and Turkey , " agreed that " a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region may distract attention from the fight Daesh. " A spokesman for the Office of the Prime Minister, Saad Sabri, in a statement received "morning", that "any position or step taken by any party in Iraq must be based on the Constitution." Sabri stressed that " the future of Iraq is not a special tip of one without the other, it is an Iraqi decision and all Iraqis involved and it must be for all Iraqis to determine their word about the future of their homeland." In the first international response actions, the United States warned that "a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region may distract attention from the fight Daesh" while Turkey stressed "the importance of the unity of the Iraqi territory", describing the referendum as a "catastrophic error is" in. Germany has also expressed concern about the KRG plans to hold a referendum on independence being "could inflame tensions in the region." At a time when the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed its support for the unity of the Iraqi territory; calling for the settlement of all disputes between Kurdistan and Baghdad through dialogue.
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Kurdistan, the presidency published a clarification on the matter of regional referendum on independence

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09-06-2017 05:24 PM

 

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The President of the Presidium of the Kurdistan Fuad Hussein province, the President of the Region, Massoud Barzani, issued a regional command on the conduct of the referendum, by reference to the law of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region and taking into account the public interest and based on the principles of the right to self - determination, a right project was approved by the United Nations General Assembly United depending on the ingredients and particularities owned by the people of Kurdistan and whose land, language, history, culture and identity, and all tariff principles of this people , like the people in the world '. 

Said Fuad Hussein , in a statement to the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region that the President of the Region decided to conduct a referendum in the Kurdistan Region and the regions of Kurdistan outside the administration of the territory, and includes this referendum the answer to one question is: Do you agree with the independence of the Kurdistan Region and the regions of Kurdistan outside the administration of the territory and the establishment of an independent state. 

President of the Presidium of the Kurdistan Region Fuad Hussein , the text of the statement:

Mr. Massoud Barzani , president of the Kurdistan Region decided Thursday , 8/6/2017 and by reference to the Regional Order No. 106 of 8/6/2017 a referendum on 25 / 9/2017 and the implementation of this resolution recommended the sovereignty of the independent High Commission for elections and referendum to conduct the referendum process for the implementation and exercise of the right to self - determination of the people of Kurdistan. 

In this regional matter , Mr. President of the Region decided to conduct a referendum in the territory of Kurdistan and the Kurdish areas outside the administration of the territory, and includes this referendum the answer to one question is: Do you agree with the independence of the territory of Kurdistan and the Kurdish areas outside the administration of the territory and the establishment of an independent state. It has

been assigned to the Independent High Commission for Elections and Referendum in Kurdistan Region to work in order to create the conditions for the participation of communities living outside of the Kurdish region in the referendum process. 

This was Mr. President of the Region issued this decision based on the law of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region and taking into account the public interest and based on the principles of the right to self - determination, a right project was approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations and depending on the ingredients and particularities owned by the people of Kurdistan, which is the land and language history, culture and identity, and all tariff principles of this people , like the people in the world, so all standards are entitled to the people of Kurdistan to decide their own destiny and future. 

And Dr. Fuad Hussein , President Barzani said in his decision that the people of Kurdistan have struggled since the formation of the Iraqi state in order to stabilize the joint national rights and peaceful coexistence with other peoples in Iraq, the people of Kurdistan have received many pledges and promises as a result of negotiations and meetings achieved thanks to the struggle of the liberation movement of the people of Kurdistan, but all of these undertakings failed and exceeded by the Iraqi government did not implement any of them , but the Iraqi government exercised marginalization policy and respond to the just demands of the people of Kurdistan with iron and fire, and the people of Kurdistan exposed to many of the Tragedies such as genocide under the name of Anfal, forced displacement and house arrest, destruction of villages, cities , and economic infrastructure and the use of poison gas against civilians. 

President of the Presidium of the Kurdistan Region and explained that Mr. President of the region spoke in the regional resolution on the situation in Iraq after its liberation in 2003 , where he had the opportunity to share all the parties to rebuild a new Iraq on the principle of democracy and multi - party and the Union voluntary participation of all national and religious components, participated the people of Kurdistan effectively in the political process of re - building the new Iraq despite all the tragedies and sacrifices witnessed history by previous regimes, have contributed to the development of the first foundations for building a new state and the adoption of a new constitution that guarantees the rights of all components. 

But after a number of years , Iraq is still suffering from a lot of constitutional abuses in addition to the marginalization of federal foundations such as the distribution of proceeds and determine the boundaries of the region where not implemented these constitutional articles, also were taken out in the region 's share of the financial budget of the federal government did not implement Article 140 did not The establishment of the Federal Council, and all of these abuses is a constitutional violation, as the preamble of the Constitution stated that the commitment to the Constitution and the Union voluntary between Iraq and its people and its land guarantees its sovereignty and will reverse further violations and abuses and discrimination. 

Dr. Fuad Hussein: I have also stated in the presidential decree issued by the President of the region include: due to the continuation of the Iraqi government and the political leadership in the overtaking of the Constitution and the policy of marginalization and neglect of the rights of the people of Kurdistan and after many consultations and discussions with the political parties we decided to go back to the opinion and the will of our people to decide our destiny and our future to conduct this poll. 

At the end of his statement , Dr. Fuad Hussein , he said: On this issue , we held a meeting today in the Office of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region with the Independent High Commission for Elections and Referendum, where there was an exchange of views on the content of this regional , issued by the President of the Kurdistan Region have also been discussed in at length about the needs and technical matters and how to manage this process, it has been assessed the meeting positively.

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of the National Alliance asks Allawi to intervene to open up channels for dialogue and calm between Baghdad and Erbil

National Alliance asks Allawi to intervene to open up channels for dialogue and calm between Baghdad and Erbil

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Twilight News / he called Vice President Iyad Allawi, and Ammar al-Hakim, head of the National Alliance to adopt a truce in solving problems and crises within the region dialogue and careful of the consequences of continuing on the Iraqi situation.

This came during a meeting with Allawi, Hakim, head of the National Alliance and his accompanying delegation, according to a statement issued by the Office of the First Lord of Twilight News,

The statement said that it took place during the meeting, talk in-depth developments in the internal and regional situations, the two sides reviewed the progress of the battle against Daesh, and perceptions of post-expulsion of the terrorist organization, and the relationship between the center and the Kurdistan Region to emphasize national unity and resolve outstanding issues through dialogue and understanding the framework.

 The statement added that he called on the audience Iyad Allawi to intervene between the governments of the center and the region to calm the situation between the two sides and to stop increasing the escalating tensions.

The two sides touched on the crisis and the Gulf Arab Qatari Qatari relations and striking to the risks of increasing tensions and Maatmthelh threat to the stability and safety of the volatile region as they expressed their condemnation of all forms of terrorism when their conversation about the bombings in Tehran recently.

 
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Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad soon to discuss the referendum region
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revealed an MP for the Kurdistan Democratic Party Najiba Najib, for a planned visit by a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad, indicating that the delegation will begin a serious dialogue and frank referendum on secession and the Kurdistan region.
Said Najib in a press statement that " the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani decided during the last Wednesday meeting , which included a number of Kurdish parties, decided to form a Kurdish government delegation to visit Baghdad without specifying the schedule, noting that the delegation will discuss during the visit , the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil , as well as to the question of the referendum and the relationship between them in the post - Daesh terrorist stage, as well as post - emergence of the results of the referendum on self - determination. 
she added Najib that " the Kurdish delegation will discuss with the federal government in Baghdad , the inclusion of the disputed private and Baghdad referendum areas did not move a finger toward the pain The birth of 140 of the Constitution on the normalization of relations and statistics, "noting that" not to accept the federal government that it will force the Kurdish parties to take an appropriate decision , "she said. 
The United States warned Thursday that a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region may distract attention from the fight against gangs Daesh terrorist. it is 
noteworthy that representatives of political parties in the parliament and the Kurdistan Regional government met last Wednesday in the resort of Salah al - Din , headed by Massoud Barzani , and in the presence of Vice - President of the Kurdistan region and head of government and head of the Electoral Commission in Kurdistan and his deputy, which were identified 25 of the next September date For the referendum in the Kurdistan region, while the MDC and the Kurdistan Islamic Union boycotted the meeting.
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Barzani: the decision of the referendum settled

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The President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani on Saturday, a decision that the referendum is settled and is linked to the lives of each individual region.

A statement for the presidency of the Kurdistan region and seen / scales News /, a copy of Barzani said during a meeting of the leaders and representatives and officials of 19 from outside the government and the Parliament of Kurdistan, a political party of the various Kurdish and Turkmen components Kuldo Assyrians, that "the decision to hold the referendum historic subject has been settled, and is linked to the lives of each individual of the people of Kurdistan, "calling for" enthusiastic participation in it from all sides. "

The statement noted that "the parties mentioned have expressed their support and support for the referendum to be on the 25th of next September on the independence of Kurdistan, pledging to harness all their energies and their potential for the success of the process."

According to the statement, the parties demanded that have them and the role of representatives in the committees and work on the management of the referendum. "

The statement added that "the meeting discussed at length the decision to set a date to hold the referendum, which is in addition to the Kurdistan region, will also include Kurdish areas outside the administration of the Kurdistan region, and exchanged views on the overall political process.

The Kurdish parties in the Kurdistan region was unanimously last week to determine the next day 25 September as the date for the referendum on the independence of the province, the center of the province of the MDC and the Islamic Group.

Earlier on Wednesday, Barzani assured the parties are suspicious of the referendum, said in a letter written in his handwriting posted on his page in Facebook that the Kurds want to achieve their aspirations through peaceful means and that they look forward to better relations with neighboring countries, especially Iraq.

He said a senior leader of the party Ali al-Adeeb, who said that the referendum is a unilateral decision by the provincial government in isolation from the federal government, noting that the timing of the "wrong".

Adeeb said in a statement received / scales News / copy of "take this step comes at a critical stage coincides with the final elimination of terrorist Daesh gangs so that the timing of the wrong referendum too, especially as the regional and international situation does not allow such a move and can Kurdish people been more of crises and problems. "

And contact Barzani, the prime minister by telephone without being seen if he had discussed the subject of the referendum and the shoulders of the statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office to talk about that during the contact "discussed the overall political, security and economic situation in the country, in addition to the conduct of the fighting in Mosul and the victories achieved and the continuation of high coordination between military units, including the Peshmerga forces to complete the rest of the liberation areas and the elimination of terrorist gangs Daesh. "

The office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, on Friday issued a clarification regarding the intention of the Kurdistan region set up a referendum to Anfdhal Iraq, stressing that any party can not determine the fate of Iraq alone.

Plans to the Kurdistan Regional Government set up a referendum about the secession of the province from Iraq, on 25 September next.

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Learn about the suspension of the governor of Kirkuk Kurdistan referendum!

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 Since 06/11/2017 16:08 am (Baghdad time)

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Commented Governor Najm al-Din Karim, Sunday, the referendum identified by the Kurdistan Regional Government, while stressing his support for the referendum in the region.

According to the governor's office said in a statement received / scales News /, a copy of it, "The conservative Najm al-Din Karim met today, a delegation of Topbas to Inderf the Swedish government adviser and Prime Minister of the Council, and Wayne Reidar, and MP in the Swedish parliament and Evin Ianger," noting that " the meeting discussed the situation in the province, especially the occupation Daesh terrorist areas south of Kirkuk and western parts of the province and the reception for more than 700 thousand displaced people and carry their burdens. "

The governor said, according to the statement, "The courage of the Peshmerga forces foiled a terrorist Daesh schemes over the past three years."

And on the referendum in Kurdistan to be carried out Saute the twenty-fifth of the next month of September, he said the governor of Kirkuk, "We support the referendum in Kurdistan and the inclusion of Kirkuk in which", calling on the Swedish parliament to "support the referendum process in Kurdistan."

He said Karim, according to the statement, that "the Baathist regime of the former laws remain despite the existence of Article 140, which painted a road map to address the situation left behind, but so far stalled despite the passage of years, and despite the presence of paragraph committed the federal government to apply under the Constitution."

 

Karim continued, "we are guided by the vision of President Jalal Talabani, to deal with the events of Kirkuk, where according to his wisdom has always been the pillars of the long struggle against successive dictatorships in the rule of Iraq and continuing his visits to Kirkuk and follow-ups to the problems of Kirkuk and its complications and to hear the views of its citizens."

The mass citizen described, today, the referendum called by the main Kurdish parties as "dreams of poets", stressing that Iran and Turkey will not allow the establishment of a Kurdish state.

This rejected virtue bloc, on Thursday (08/06/2017), to hold the referendum in the Kurdistan region, describing the move as predispose division and tension seeds in the region, and provides material for tension and tension and negative emotions that subsist and grow where "violence and extremism movements.

As promised to the Iraqi Turkmen Front, on Thursday (06/08/2017), that the holding of the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region of Iraq and carried out in areas outside the territory management step contrary to the Iraqi constitution, demanding the government and parliament concrete positions against any move aimed at splitting Albuld.anthy 29 / 9 P

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Let’s separate from Iraq first then talk about state-building

By Ayub Nuri 2 hours ago
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Since the announcement of the plan for a referendum in the Kurdistan Region to decide whether to stay with Iraq or leave and build an independent state some worry that such a project would lead to the establishment of a dictatorial state.

 

Others have come up with a long list of preconditions to be met before going for a referendum such as writing a fantastic constitution, good institutions, strong economic infrastructure and a functioning parliament.

 

At the end of all their negative comments they say they are not against independence, they are only against referendum especially the one planned for September.

 

How do they think you can decide on your future if not through a referendum? Also a date has to be set for a referendum whether it is now or ten years from now.

 

Besides, their concerns and fears are misplaced. They worry about a dictatorial Kurdish state as if right now we are part of the most democratic country in the world. They warn of lack of institutions and a constitution and Iraq miserably fails at all of those.

 

Part of their fear is that one party and one man should not be in charge of the referendum project and that it is a national ambition. But historically and everywhere in the world it has always been one man and one party that have pushed for independence and the rest of the nation follows.

 

Who cares at this stage what kind of state Kurdistan will be. It would certainly be nice to have a successful democratic state with a strong economy, high standards of living and a useful member of the international community. But right now, the biggest thing is to make sure we successfully separate from Iraq. Then those questions could be addressed.

 

You can’t have your dream state without declaring it first. Also, being part of Iraq for a hundred years has made many Kurds unable to invest in the land. Almost everything, whether it is building a highway or a dam or a family home is put on hold because no one is sure what happens next and when we might face another attack from Iraq or a group like ISIS.

 

An independent state would finally give people some breathing space and a chance to invest in their own future and that of the country.

 

If anyone has issues with the political parties here or with corruption or lack of institutions, they will better be able to hold them accountable in an independent state than a de facto region that is neither fully independent nor fully part of Iraq.

 

In many aspects now, the Kurdistan Region is doing better than Iraq and as an independent state it will do better still.

 

Tens of years of fighting the Iraqi regime, all the mass graves and sacrifice was for Kurds to be able to have their own country. Now that that chance is upon us there is no excuse not to seize it.

 

Concerns about corruption, fear of dictatorship, philosophizing or texts from political science books are irrelevant here. It is a simple yet historical project for a people to separate from a country they have never been proud or felt part of.

 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rudaw.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/opinion/11062017

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