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Kurdish delegation re-visits Baghdad over imminent referendum

Ashwaq al-Gaf
A Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad in the coming days to discuss an imminent referendum on Kurdistan region independence, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) senior figure told The Baghdad Post on Thursday. 

Ashwaq al-Gaf said the delegation would represent all Kurdish political parties. But she did not specify a date for the visit. 

On April 5th, a Kurdish delegation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Party of Kurdistan held talks in Baghdad with the central government officials on the referendum.

The talks tackled the constitutional mechanisms to achieve the Kurdistan region's right to self-determination, MP Perwan Khilany for the KDP said in televised remarks. 

In a joint conference with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres , Kurdistan President Masaud Barzani said the semi-autonomous district would hold an "imminent referendum on its independence". 

The statements were strongly opposed by Iraqi government officials. 

In late March, Kirkuk Provincial Council stirred wide-spread controversy after holding a vote on raising the Kurdish flag above governmental buildings in the oil-rich province.

The move was slammed by the Iraqi parliament that voted against it by a huge majority. 

Last Modified: Friday، 14 April 2017 01:12 AM
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