Iraqi Kurdish region to look into offer to delay poll

Representatives from US, UN, UK present 'alternative' to President Masoud Barzani to postpone independence referendum

Iraqi Kurdish region to look into offer to delay poll

World Bulletin / News Desk

President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani will consider an offer to delay the independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 25, according to a presidential office statement on Thursday.

Barzani had a meeting about the upcoming poll with U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-ISIL coalition envoy Brett McGurk, UN special representative for Iraq, Jan Kubis and British ambassador to Iraq, Frank Baker, the statement said, adding the trio presented the Iraqi Kurdish leader with an "alternative" to postpone the referendum.

Barzani, for his part, welcomed the "constructive dialogue," and said the alternative offer would be discussed with the Kurdish political party representatives, adding a decision would be announced in the near future.

No more details have been disclosed about the nature of the offer.

Slated for Sept. 25, the non-binding referendum will see residents of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region vote on whether or not to declare formal independence from Baghdad. 

Baghdad rejects the planned poll, saying it will adversely affect the fight against the ISIL terrorist group, which still maintains a significant presence in northern Iraq. 

The Iraqi government also believes that holding the poll would violate the terms of the country's constitution.

Turkey, too, rejects the planned referendum, saying the region’s stability depends on the unity of Iraq and the maintenance of its territorial integrity. 

Washington, for its part, has voiced concern that the poll could serve as a "distraction" from other pressing regional issues, especially the fight against terrorism and the stabilization of post-ISIL Iraq.


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