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EU on referendum: Unilateral actions must be avoided

By Rudaw 20/9/2017
European Union flags in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP
European Union flags in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP
NEW YORK — The European Union has reiterated their support for "Iraq's unity" and called Kurdistan's scheduled independence referendum "counterproductive" in a published statement. 

EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini's office made the statement while she was in New York for meetings around the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

"The European Union reiterates its steadfast support for Iraq's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity," it read. "Unilateral actions, such as the proposed referendum, is counterproductive and must be avoided."

The EU acknowledged the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

"This should be done through a peaceful and constructive dialogue leading to a mutually agreed solution based on the full application of the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution," it added.

Individual EU nations, France and the UK, have taken part in efforts to convince Erbil to postpone the referendum and focus on negotiations with Baghdad – efforts that have so far been refused by the Kurdish leadership as inadequate alternatives to the plebiscite, the stated goal of which is independence.

Officials in Baghdad have also rejected international proposals.

Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki rejected a UN-sponsored initiative aimed at finding a solution on disputes between Baghdad and Erbil on Wednesday.

Maliki, who released a statement in his role as the head of Iraq’s ruling State of Law Coalition, said they reject an initiative by the UN Envoy to Iraq because it contains sections "in violation of the constitution in an explicit way.”

In particular, they rejected a section that calls for a time limited negotiating for talks, something he called a “pre-condition.”

The EU, however, expressed support for the UN effort. "The EU welcomes the UN initiative to facilitate a dialogue and offers its support to such a process if requested," read the statement from Mogherini. 

The office of Jan Kubis, the UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General to Iraq, did not immediately respond to a request for details of the initiative. 



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Kurd UK | 20/9/2017
To say the word unity and Iraq together is an oxymoron. Iraq is not unified and it never will be, it was a country forced together and its disintegration is inevitable. The EU and UN should not deny the rights of Kurds to a referendum. All nations have the right to self-determination, democracy and human rights as these are the principles that the UN was built on.
Muraz Adzhoev | 20/9/2017
Intellectual and moral degradation of the EU top bureaucratic leadership is catastrophic.
Muraz Adzhoev | 20/9/2017
The EU pretends that there have not been more than 12 years of absolutely meaningless negotiations and agreements between Erbil and Baghdad, the monopolized anti-constitutional political and administrative rule of the "inclusive" Iraqi Arab-Shiite majority government, which purposefully failed to protect the borders and the population of the country, and even to defend Iraq, to prevent radical terrorism and extremism, mass crimes, genocides, catsrophic humanitarian crisis, flow of millions IDP-refuges from Iraq to Kurdistan Region for sheltering their lives and their children. Mogerini is not a woman, she is a cynical insensitive creature.
Yassir Fekaiki
Yassir Fekaiki | 20/9/2017
nothing boosts western economies like war and the sacrifice of innocent souls, political idiots
KURD< USA | 21/9/2017
How come EU has not pressured Iraq to treat kurds with dignity and give us what we deserve. where was EU when dictator Saddam killed thousands of kurds and burn thousands of villages to the ground. they should have not let that happened to kurds,
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