Iraq's KRG denies reports of postponing independent referendum

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/23 23:36:32

The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) denied the reports over postponing the Kurdish independence referendum in the semi-autonomous region, confirming that the referendum would be held as scheduled on Sept. 25.

"The reports about the Kurdish parties accepted the US and UN initiatives and postponed the referendum, are not true," an official from the regional President office told reporters.

The Kurdish official said that the reports quoted Pavel Talabani, the son of former President Jalal Talabani, who was expressing his personal opinion.

Earlier, the Iraqi state-run Iraqiya channel said in a breaking news that "the Kurdish parties decided to postpone the independence referendum," quoting Pavel Talabani, who is also a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

The reports quoted Pavel Talabani as saying "after reviewing all of the alternatives, we (PUK and KDP, which are two main Kurdish parties) have concluded that the program offered by the United States, Britain, United Nations and so many other friends around the world, is the best path for Kurdistan at this time."

On June 7, the Kurdish President Masoud Barzani announced his intention to hold a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region from Iraq on Sept. 25.

The independence of Kurdistan is opposed by many countries because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and because it comes as the Iraqi forces are in fight against the terrorist Islamic State militant group.

In addition, the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iran and Syria see that such a step would threaten their territorial integrity, as larger populations of Kurds live in those countries.

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