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Kurdistan

UN Security Council concerned with referendum's 'potentially destabilizing impact'

By Rudaw 22/9/2017
Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and President of the Security Council for September, presides over a meeting of the UN Security Council on September 21. Photo: UN
Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and President of the Security Council for September, presides over a meeting of the UN Security Council on September 21. Photo: UN

 

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council has jumped on the anti-Kurdish independence referendum bandwagon, deeming the self-determinative vote to have a "potentially destabilizing impact."

"Council members expressed full support for United Nations efforts to facilitate dialogue between Iraqi stakeholders," read a statement from the UN Security Council late Thursday night amid its annual General Assembly in New York.

"Council members expressed their continuing respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity of Iraq and urged all outstanding issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to be resolved, in accordance with the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution, through structured dialogue and compromise supported by the international community.

Moreover, the United Nations and member states have worried that the referendum will distract from the fight against ISIS. The United Nations added that the vote "could detract from efforts to ensure the safe, voluntary return of over 3 million refugees and internally displaced persons."

Kurdish and Iraqi leaders have for different reasons rejected the UN Special Envoy to Iraq's offer for dialogue. Iraqi leaders reject a referendum on any grounds while Kurdish leaders seem intent to press ahead with the vote unless a better alternative is offered.

The government in Erbil believes that an independent Kurdistan will be a stabilizing force in the region as it has already sheltered more than 1.8 million Iraqi and Syrian refugees and greatly contributed to the war on ISIS.
  

Speaking at a large rally in Soran on Tuesday, Kurdish President Masoud Barzani said Kurdistan should be proud that the referendum is at the "top of the agenda" at the international level.


Comments

 
dilshad | 22/9/2017
will that unfortunate Iraqi government already refused UN involvement
SHARIF | 22/9/2017
The UN wants to force THE HORSE TO LIVE WITH THE DONKEY. They want Kurdistan with all its achievements to remain a part of IRAQ, a failed state. Kurdistan has proved to the whole world that it deserves to be independent. The United Nations was created to save generations from the scourge of war, protect human rights, maintain international peace and security, and uphold international law. UN's attitude towards the Referendum is against the principles it was created for. Kurdistan's independence has long been overdue. Kurds cannot wait any longer no matter what others say. Let's give a strong answer to the UN on 25 September "YES FOR KURDISTAN INDEPENDENCE".
Gulistan | 22/9/2017
Stop with discouraging news. Are trying to serve the enemies of Kurdistan. Let the hypocrites and disbelievers in their opposition be. Trust Allah. Be upright.
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/9/2017
The main conclusion: the UN SC does not consider the referendum illegitimate and in-fact admits the inalienable national right of the People of Southern Kurdistan to self-determination. The proposed peaceful dialog between Baghdad and Erbil under the UN SC supervision most likely will start only after the upcoming referendum in order to prepare an appropriate resolution on an agreed transitional period for peaceful withdrawal of reintegrated Southern Kurdistan from deadly failed Iraqi federation.
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 22/9/2017
UN security counsel never agreed on anything except against the Kurdish people basic rights to be treated equally like all other nations. Shame.

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