Tripartite Talks on Countering Kurdish Referendum

24 September, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum will have serious consequences and trigger fresh crises in the region, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın said on September 23, APA reported citing Hurriyet Daily News.

The statement released after the meeting at the General Staff headquarters said the generals discussed the KRG referendum and other developments which are threatening the stability in the region.

Turkey has warned that actions in response to a controversial independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region would have economic and security dimensions.

"I would be so happy if the referendum happens here", Goran Gowhar, a major in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)-affiliated branch of the Peshmerga told Meyer from his home in Tuz, a mixed - and similarly contentious - village around fifty-five miles south of Kirkuk.

Kurdish leaders have also stressed that a "yes" vote will not trigger an automatic declaration of independence, but rather strengthen their hand in lengthy negotiations on secession with Baghdad.

Any conflict around Kurdish northern Iraq could have ramifications across the Middle East, not least in Syria, Turkey and Iran.

The independence referendum will take place on Monday, September 25.

The council urged "dialogue and compromise" to address differences between the Iraqi government and the regional authorities.

Barzani accused Baghdad of failing to build partnership with Kurdistan.

A particular area of concern is the multi-ethnic oil city of Kirkuk, which lies outside the recognized boundaries of the autonomous Kurdish region and is claimed by Baghdad.

They will be asked to tick a yes/no box next to this question: "Do you want the Kurdistan region and the Kurdish areas outside the region's administration to become an independent state?" It also warned that the vote could weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group, "in which Kurdish forces have played a critical role".

Plans to retake the town of Hawija there have been complicated by political wrangling among Iraq's disparate security forces. All Iraqis must have a say in defining the future of their homeland.

"After the constitution of Iraq was drafted, we accepted it, but Baghdad did not comply with it. Article 140 of the constitution was not implemented", he said.

In areas disputed between Arbil and Baghdad, some have issued strong warnings against the vote.

"Many people said 'How are you going to have an independent state if you can't even protect your own territory, if you depend on Baghdad and the global community?'" she said.


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