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President Barzani: It’s too late to discuss postponing Kurdistan referendum

By Rudaw 23/9/2017
Kurdish President Masoud Barzani waves at a rally for independence in the Kurdistan Region's capital of Erbil on September 22, 2017. Photo: Rudaw.
Kurdish President Masoud Barzani waves at a rally for independence in the Kurdistan Region's capital of Erbil on September 22, 2017. Photo: Rudaw.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani told the French ambassador to Iraq that it is too late to discuss postponing the independence referendum, stressing that the parliament decided to hold the vote on Monday.
Barzani received Ambassador Bruno Aubert on Saturday in Erbil. The two discussed the referendum that is scheduled to take place despite growing regional and global pressure.
“No time is left to talk about postponing and the decision is not in the hands of a party or person,” a Saturday evening statement from the Kurdistan presidency quoted Barzani as saying. “The referendum will take place on time.”
Aubert stated that Paris is not against Kurdish aspirations and would like to further develop historic relations between the two nations, the statement added.
“He also expressed that France is not against the referendum as a principle. But we believe that the time is not right to hold the referendum and it may have an impact on the war against ISIS,” the French ambassador said, according to the statement.
The ambassador’s visit comes after French President Emmanuel Macron demanded the Kurdistan president postpone the vote when the two spoke on the phone on Thursday. Barzani told Macron that the vote will go ahead as the world had failed to provide a convincing alternative that could take the place of the referendum and secure an independent state for Kurdistan.
Barzani told a crowd on Friday in the capital Erbil that he is not a leader who could bring “shame” on himself by calling off the vote to please foreign capitals. He also said that the decision is in the hands of the Kurdish people, despite the many calls “day and night” from regional and global powers to postpone the vote.
Israel is the only country that has publicly supported the referendum, while the central government of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and even the United States have all expressed their opposition.


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Muraz Adzhoev | 23/9/2017
Yes. "Israel is the only country that has publicly supported the referendum" and ideclared its readyness to help and defend Kurdistan militarily. And there are many other countries and the world leading states, including certainly USA and Russia too, that will be with and for the People of Southern Kurdistan on time and in particular when the international diplomatic language must be strengthened by military means against any aggressors. But to let some or make some of those countries protect the People and defend Southern Kurdistan the self-determination referendum on reintegration and sovereign independence must be held now and the People's "YES" be heard worldwide.
SCHKAK | 23/9/2017
Bravo Barzani, may God protect your and the Kurdish State | 23/9/2017
The countries that does not support the referendum have been indirectly or directly funding DAESH for the last couple of years. They have no say on this thing. We do not want another psych picot 2.0. We want peace, not hostility. Biji Kurdistan.
Gerbert d'Aurillac | 23/9/2017
Israel is the only who supports the establishement of the state of Southern Kurdistan, France appreciates the Kurdish aspirations but does not agree with the timing of the independence , Russia said it does not oppose either the Kurdish referendum or the kurdish right on selfdetermination but still it accepts the unity of Iraq , the U.S. at the start has repeatedly declared it does appreciate the Kurdish aspirations but now it opposes the inependence joining thus Iran and Turkey ,both enemies of the U.S., in their hostility to the brave Kurdish race which alone had broken the spine of the Islamist State.The Americans do love the Arabs who bombed NY and Wasington and cut American throats .Again it is the Kissingerian perphidy and cowardly treason .
Paulin de Nole | 23/9/2017
The French are more friendly to the Kurdish aspirations , they do not threaten the Kurds with war because of the referendum, but they do not say that they would defend them either , while the Kurds have bravely defended the humanity with their blood against those Arabs who bombed Paris , Nice, Berlin, London ,NY and Washington .Dear French government ,it is in dire times that friendship should come for help.

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