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President Barzani to discuss independence referendum with Kurdistan parties

By Rudaw 6/6/2017
President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani. Photo: Rudaw
President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The President of the Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold a meeting with Kurdish political parties, notably to discuss the question of referendum, said a local politician.
 
Saad Khalid, a member of the Kurdistan Toilers Party’s (KTP) Leadership Board who has been invited by President Masoud Barzani for Wednesday’s meeting, told Rudaw that “what we were told was that the central focus of the meeting will be discussions on referendum.”
 
Khalid says another topic expected to be discussed on the table will be Barzani’s recent visits made outside Kurdistan.
 
“The Kurdistan Region and the region are passing through a sensitive phase, so such meetings for the now-Kurdistan Region are very necessary,” Khalid noted.
 
However, the Change Movement (Gorran) has been at odds with Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) over the referendum. Gorran has been demanding the reactivation of the Kurdistan Region’s parliament in order to enter discussions, and thus again declined to take part in tomorrow’s expected meeting.
 
“As the Change Movement, we will not attend the meeting,” said Shorish Haji, the spokesperson of Gorran.
 
The Kurdish parliament has not convened since October 2015 when security forces in Erbil, largely under the control of the KDP, blocked the speaker, a Gorran party member, from returning to the capital where the parliament is located.
 
The row between the the KDP and Gorran worsened when protests broke out in areas under the influence of the Gorran Movement in Sulaimani province in October 2015 leading to the deaths of several KDP members. The KDP accused Gorran of orchestrating the violent protests. Gorran denied the accusations.
 
President Barzani repeatedly has reaffirmed that the referendum is most likely to take place before the end of this year.

The Kurdish presidency has already asked all parties to appoint their respective delegates to a commission that would be overseeing the referendum.

Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 6/6/2017
No, the Presudent-Commander is not going to discuss the referendum on independence. He's going to discuss the date of self-determination, reintegration of the People - all communities of actually independent Southern Kurdistan in order to declare officially its sovereignty and to establish its democratic and secular statehood. Opposition-opportunistic Gorran and political islamists are not needed at all to discuss the key national issue with them. Let them move to Teharan and Baghdad for ever.
Muraz Adzhoev | 6/6/2017
In currently ongoing military and political circumstances, when Baghdad-Tehran affiliated anti-Kurdish armed forces together with pseudo "pro-Kurdish" organizations and so called "opposition" (opportunistic) parties have been creating provocative conditions purposefully to prevent the long anticipated referendum in all true Kurdish areas, the top authorities, the president-commander in particular has the fully required and justified legal right now to declare officially Southern Kurdistan reintegrated within its historical natiinal borders and sovereignly independent from deadly failed criminal Iraqi arab federation. The referendum should be conducted to approve the constitution of sovereignly independent democratic and secular Southern Kurdistan soon after independence is oficcially declared and the UN is informed. The People, Peshmerga army forces certainly will support their President-Commander, the national leader of Kurdistan.
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