Iranian official tries to dissuade Kurdistan from holding referendum

Kurdistan referendum looming
Kurdistan referendum looming

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani has warned that a referendum on the independence of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region will divide Kurdish groups and political parties, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

“Holding a referendum in the [Iraqi] Kurdistan region can exacerbate the existing divisions among Kurdish parties and groups,” Shamkhani said.

He added that the independence referendum would result in the loss of numerous and effective opportunities and potentialities of the Kurds in Iraq.

With regard to the negative impacts of the independence vote on Iraq’s security, Shamkhani said at a time when Iraq is getting close to the final phase of its fight against terrorists, certain “injudicious measures can increase the risk of the emergence of new conflicts and regenerate insecurity.”

These statements come after well-informed Kurdish sources revealed that Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrived in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan Region in a secret and unannounced visit.

Suleimani met with leaders in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), headed by Jalal Talabani, to discuss Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum and dissuade them from holding it, they added.

Iran has recurrently expressed its rejection of Kurdistan’s referendum slated for September 25th.


Last Modified: 09 13 2017 12:01 PM

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