Kurdish leaders studying western delegation plan to delay referendum

Kurdish leaders studying western delegation plan to delay referendum

The parliament of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region approved a plan on Friday to hold a referendum on independence on September 25, ignoring opposition from Baghdad and the wider region as well as Western concerns that the vote could spark fresh conflict.

"To this date, we have not received an alternative that can take the place of the referendum", Barzani was quoted as saying by KRG-based Rudaw.

Slated for September 25, the non-binding referendum will see residents of northern Iraq's Kurdish region vote on whether or not to declare formal independence from Baghdad.

McGurk said he was optimistic Kurdish leaders would accept an alternative plan that would focus on dialogue between the region and Baghdad and postpone the referendum.

"I will stay in office", he told Reuters. "Do not listen to anyone, we are going to go to a referendum", Masoud Barzani said during a campaign for the Kurdish referendum in Duhok Province.

Barzani's statements came after the U.S. Special Envoy for the Coalition against Daesh Brett McGurk urged northern Iraq's KRG to halt its upcoming independence referendum, suggesting that there is an alternative.


Speaking to Panorama.am, political scientist Alexander Markarov said Iraqi Kurdistan's leader strongly supports the independence vote when, according to world powers, it can pose serious threat to the regional security and the issue of self-determination in a number of regions. "If our will is strong, we will achieve victory", Barzani said.

"The escalating tactics this week by the Iraqis are causing a large public backlash, and will strengthen the Kurdish referendum enormously", Zebari said.

Iraq's neighbours Iran and Turkey also oppose the plebiscite, fearing an independent Kurdish state could fuel separatism among their own Kurdish populations.

IS in Iraq is on the verge of defeat, with Iraqi forces, backed by the US -led coalition, recapturing most of the areas once controlled by the terror group. They fear increased tensions between Baghdad and Erbil will distract from the war on Islamic State militants who still occupy parts of Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said later in a statement it condemned the attack. Iraq's central government has rejected the polls as unconstitutional and illegal.

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