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We won’t recognize results of Kurdistan referendum – NIA

A file photo of Ammar al-Hakim in NIA meeting

The National Iraqi Alliance (NIA) has confirmed that it will not recognize the results of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, a statement revealed Tuesday. 

NIA’s presidency said in a statement that leaders of NIA reached a consensus on not recognizing Kurdistan referendum for being unconstitutional.

This came during NIA leadership body meeting, which was held Monday night and presided by Ammar al-Hakim, head of NIA.  

During the meeting, Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, slated for September 25, was discussed, the statement read. 

According to the statement, NIA leaders have stressed the importance of relying on the constitution’s articles as a basis for dialogue without selectivity.  

NIA leaders called for holding a national, in-depth and balanced dialogue to solve the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil, the statement read.

It added that those leaders also called upon the central government to take all the necessary action to consolidate Iraq’s unity and the integrity of its territory.

On Monday, Iraq’s Supreme Court ordered the suspension of next week’s referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote.

Last Modified: Tuesday، 19 September 2017 12:22 PM