UN Secretary General urges Baghdad, Erbil to start dialogue

Antonio Guterress
Antonio Guterress

Baghdad and Erbil have to enter into dialogue to come to an understanding and resolve outstanding issues, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterress said on Wednesday.

Guterres noted this is a very sensitive stage in Iraq’s history as the country has not recaptured all ISIS-held districts yet. 

That is why we are concerned about not having a program in Iraq that achieves the demands of all components, he added. 

On Tuesday, Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani vowed to press ahead with a referendum on Kurdish independence despite a vote by Iraq’s Parliament to reject the move.

Earlier the parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity.

Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session before the vote and issued statements rejecting the decision.

Kurdistan Region will hold an independence referendum on September 25, despite mounting regional and international pressure to postpone or cancel the vote.

Baghdad considers the referendum unilateral and unconstitutional. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said they will not recognize the referendum results.

Last Modified: 09 14 2017 01:08 PM

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