KRG rejects nullifying referendum results as precondition for dialogue

Kurds celebrating referendum
Kurds celebrating referendum

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has rejected canceling the region’s independence referendum results as a precondition to enter into dialogue with the federal government, well-informed sources revealed Friday. 

The sources quoted Samir Hawrami, advisor to the KRG, as saying that the referendum is an expression of people’s opinion.

This is a constitutionally guaranteed right. No government is allowed to deny them this right, he said.  

Renewing the call for cancelling the referendum is absolutely meaningless. We have declared our stance on this precondition on several occasions. Baghdad’s precondition is crippling, he further stated.   

Hawrami said that KRG had presented many initiatives to resolve the Baghdad-Erbil crisis, including its proposal to freeze referendum results and declaring its respect for the Federal Court’s recent ruling. 

On Monday, Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court ruled a Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void, strengthening Baghdad’s hand in a stand-off with the Kurdish region.

Kurds have voted overwhelmingly to break away from Iraq in the referendum, defying the central government in Baghdad and alarming neighboring Iran who has its own Kurdish minority.

Last Modified: 11 24 2017 02:57 PM

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