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Kurdistan

Holding referendum now is ‘dangerous step’: Gorran, Komal

By Rudaw 20/9/2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A referendum is a tool to achieve Kurdistan’s natural right of independence, but holding the vote amid numerous crises is a “dangerous step,” Gorran and Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) parties have said in a joint statement.


“The right of self-determination and the establishment of an independent state for Kurdistan is a natural right of Kurdistan’s nation,” and a referendum “is one of the tools to achieve this national objective,” read the statement published on Gorran’s Sbeiy media on Wednesday.

“However, holding a referendum under the current complex circumstances marked by numerous crises and an uncertain future doesn’t serve this strategy. Rather, it is a dangerous step for now and the future of our nation.”

Gorran and Komal have refused to participate in the High Referendum Council that called for the September 25 vote. They maintained that such a vote must have a parliamentary mandate and the party-led High Referendum Council was not the correct body to be making these decisions. 

They both, however, boycotted a September 15 parliamentary session that approved holding the referendum, arguing that parliamentary protocol was broken in convening the legislature. 

In their statement on Wednesday, they outlined several reasons why they believe the referendum should not be held at this time. 

Their first concern is that holding the vote in Kirkuk and other disputed areas, known as Kurdistani, will “cause war and tension” and may lead to losing control of these areas, “for which we have sacrificed thousands of lives.”

They note, however, that not holding the vote in these territories would mean “relinquishing nearly half of the territory of south Kurdistan.”

Their second concern is the possibility of war between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces and armed groups, resulting in insecurity.

Gorran and Komal also expressed concern that the referendum will cause division in the Kurdistan nation. “Healing this wound will take a long time and its implications are perilous.”

Referring to an initiative from the US, UN, and European nations urging the Kurdistan Region to postpone the referendum and focus on dialogue with Baghdad, the two parties recommended that this should be welcomed “in light of our national and religious responsibilities.”

“These countries have shown readiness to mediate between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad and try to resolve the problems between the regional and Iraqi governments,” the statement read. 

Once there is unity within Kurdistan, better inter-party relations, legal institutions are restored, and people’s living conditions are improved, only then should preparations be made for a referendum “that will allow it to be followed by independence and reduce the possibility of danger,” the statement concluded. 

The Kurdish leadership has resisted calls to postpone the vote, insisting they will only do so if a viable alternative is offered that addresses Kurdistan's goal of independence.

 

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Azad | 20/9/2017
Gorran are full of shit. Biggest traitors in KRG. Wait until when? Circumstances will never change the enemy will threaten us with invasion today, in 5 years even 20 years they will still talk the same way. And wait for unity, inter-party relations and legal institutions being restored? Gorran is the biggest reason we have these problems in KRG to begin with. They sabotage everything at every single juncture. Every time the parties try to reach an agreement and solve a problem Gorran is there to complain and sabotage. A good example is how they rejected the call for referendum and demanded the parliament should decide. The next day the parliament reopens and Gorran refuses to even show up. This is typical of Gorran and they do this kind of stuff all the time to sabotage progress and unity in the KRG. Then they claim we should wait for "unity and progress" before we think about referendum. The only real reason Gorran is against the referendum is because they receive money from Baghdad and Iran and they don't want to lose this money. They use the money to bribe people to join Gorran and on fighting KDP and Barzani. For Gorran partisanship is more important than kurdish patriotism. Fighting Barzani is more important than independence. They are sick. Biggest cancer to ever set foot in KRG. Now everybody knows how big traitors Gorran are. They won't even support a referendum on kurdish independence. Are they arabs? PUK, Barham seem to be rising in popularity. Lets hope they will take votes from Gorran in the next election.
Muraz Adzhoev | 20/9/2017
These incorrigible hypocrites and double-dealers propose first to create "a paradise in Iraq" and then implement the right of the People of Kurdistan to self-determination.and independence from "Iraqi paradise". Certainly and unfortunately they are traitors with no honor and no dignity. Maybe they are not Kurds, because have refused their national identity.
A Concern kurd | 20/9/2017
I wonder what was the cheque amount they received from Iran for this. What a shame . . . Read the news. Iraqi PM: Iraq refuses Kurdistan referendum ‘now or in future’ Wake up and join the united Kurdistan
E.T | 21/9/2017
why these old fasion light sources for a logo???
Kurdistanian | 21/9/2017
This is a treason by both parties, and it is a very narrow vision for whom supporting them. The question of Independance is much bigger than a hate of a person or another political party. Thier stance is serving Maliki and all the enemies of Kurdistan. Yes Yes for Republic of Kurdistan.
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