Iraq’s President Fuad Masum launched on Saturday an initiative for dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil.
In a press statement, Masum said that under the initiative, political parties’ leaders are invited to hold intensive meetings to reach tangible and urgent solutions to overcome this crisis.
Iraq is facing a political crisis, posing serious risks for the political process and the country’s supreme national interests, he noted.
Our constitutional responsibility does not allow us to leave this stalemate unchecked, he further stated.
The Iraqi president also called upon all concerned parties, particularly the legislative and executive authorities in Erbil and Baghdad, to resolve this crisis by considering it a top priority even if that required exceptional efforts.
The resolutions have to be based on partnership and an understanding of Kurdistan people’s aspirations, he added.
Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani asserted on Saturday that he won't allow any western official to stop the independence referendum slated for September 25th.
He added that it's too late to speak about any alternatives for Kurdistan's referendum, noting that most Kurds are with seceding from Iraq.
On Friday, Kurdistan region's parliament approved a plan to hold a Sept. 25 referendum on independence, ignoring Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish opposition as well as US and Western concern that the vote could cause new conflicts in the region.