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Kurdistan Referendum Council to convene following mounting pressure

By Rudaw 1/10/2017
Kurdish people release doves during in a peaceful demonstration at Erbil International Airprt after the Iraqi central government ordered the indefinite halt to all foreign flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan on September 29, 2017. Photo: AFP / Safin Hamed
Kurdish people release doves during in a peaceful demonstration at Erbil International Airprt after the Iraqi central government ordered the indefinite halt to all foreign flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan on September 29, 2017. Photo: AFP / Safin Hamed
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The High Referendum Council that lobbied for the independence vote which took place on Monday is to meet in Erbil today with the particiption of Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, likely to put the word 'independence' in the council's name.

It is the first such meeting after a 92-percent vote to leave Iraq. 

Sadq Jabari, a member of the Council, told Rudaw that the meeting will discuss and assess the world reaction and pressures mounted on Kurdistan, in addition to laying out a program for the next stage.

He added that the Council may change its name to the High Independence Council or the High National Council.

The meeting comes after the Kurdish parliament, that had called for the vote on September 15, committed the Kurdish government on Saturday to follow through with the mandate granted by the vote.

The Iraqi government introduced a number of punitive measures against the Kurdistan Region on Wednesday, including closing Kurdistan’s land and air entry points to the outside world, something rejected by the Kurdish government and the parliament. 

The neighbouring countries such as Turkey and Iran have also said that they are ready to help Baghdad carry out those measures. While the United States, an ally of the Kurdish Peshmerga in the war against ISIS, has said they do not recognize the referendum that lacks legitimacy but urged all sides to avoid confronation or further escalation of the situation.

President Barzani has said that Kurdistan Region is ready to enter talks with Baghdad, with the support of the international community, for two years during which the two sides can agree on borders and iron out other disagreements including on oil and natural resources, to be followed by an eventual conclusion– for the two nations to live as “two good neighbours.”

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GERBERT D'AURILLAC | 1/10/2017
The referendum was legitimated by all laws and rules, and was held in exquisite fair and sound conditions of transparency and civilized atmospmere . The overwhelming result of Yes to independence is compelling, : thus there is no going back. So the KRG and all concerned actors like the U.S., the U.N ,the coalition and the proper Iraq and neighbouring countries must work together to help implement the will of the Kurdish nation and its right on statehood.
VERY SOON | 1/10/2017
The Kurdish Government and the pehmerga must know that the Kurdish nation is supporting them 100/. Let's as nation go firmly and united to implement the free will of the Kurdish people to get the Kurdish State established very soon .
sarwer | 1/10/2017
92% is alot of majoroty and kurds do even a war if require for independence kurds behind the president 100%, live long to Kurdistan and to hell for bad beighbours
duroi | 1/10/2017
If you look at the case of May 1991 referendum of Croatia (and Slovenia), we see the same attitude by the European Commission (EC) not recognizing them because of unilateral referendum move. What Croatia/Slovenia did. They went ahead and declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. I.e. They cashed their referendum check, Or in chess terminology they exchanged the referendum pawn which successfully reached the end of the board into a more powerful independence vizier. Then weeks later based on "a full proof EC agreement" they agreed on a short "three month" moratorium of "already declared independence" to allow a negotiated settlement. Not moratorium on referendum result with no mediated agreement and letting the defenseless referendum pawn sitting there for years and not be exchanged to independence vizier. KRG needs to be careful.
Robert | 1/10/2017
These accursed people making threats against Kurdistan would not do it if Kurdistan had an atomic bomb to drop on them. They would soon shut up then. Kurdistan needs a minimum of heavy bombers fully armed with conventional weapons, to pulverise any potential aggressor. The primary responsibility of a government is to defend its people and the KRG only have a militia. It isn't enough. Obama is to blame for the troubles in Iraq, a useless President who was more interested in golf than in statesmanship.

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