Iraq, Iran and Turkey to take joint steps against Iraqi Kurdistan independence vote


September 21st, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –

Foreign ministers of Iran, Iraq and Turkey issued a joint statement, saying that the referendum on independence of Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous province, scheduled to take place on September 25th, is not in the interest of anyone, not even the province of Kurdistan and its regional government. 

The three ministers agreed to take concrete steps to reject the referendum, indicating the importance of Turkish and Iranian support in resolving the issue.

The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Iraq expressed their concern about the referendum in the Kurdistan region, scheduled for September 25th, stressing that this step poses a major obstacle for Iraq amid its successful achievements and efforts in the fight against terrorism, in addition to violating its territorial integrity.

The ministers announced their firm rejection of the referendum and urged Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan province, to immediately cease all referendum activities, pointing out that the referendum gravely violates the Iraqi constitution and could create new tensions in the region that would be difficult to control.

The ministers also said the referendum is not in favor of anyone, especially not the Kurds and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and that instead a constructive dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad, featuring international mediation, should begin in order to resolve the differences between the two sides.

The three ministers also said that the main political focus should be on the joint effective fight against terrorism, rather than questions of separatism. They welcomed the recent liberation of Nineveh province from the hands of ISIS, and stressed the importance of further fight against terrorism. 

Yesterday, the Iraqi President Fuad Masum presented his initiative, aimed at resolving the differences between Baghdad and Erbil through constructive dialogue.

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