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Barzani: UN is violating its founding principles by opposing referendum

By Rudaw 24/9/2017
President Masoud Barzani met with the UN’s Jan Kubis on Sunday. Photo: KRP
President Masoud Barzani met with the UN’s Jan Kubis on Sunday. Photo: KRP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – President Masoud Barzani accused the United Nations of acting against its founding principles in its opposition to the Kurdistan independence referendum.

In a meeting on Sunday with the UN’s special representative in Iraq Jan Kubis, Barzani complained the UN was acting in opposition to all the basic rights enshrined in international agreements by failing to support the Kurdistan nation expressing their self-determination rights, according to a statement from the presidency’s office. 

Barzani reiterated that the referendum is the “simplest” democratic right, the nation has decided on it and will not turn back. The vote will be held on September 25, he stated. 

After the vote, Barzani said talks will continue between Erbil and Baghdad on the issue of borders and all other questions. He said the talks will be conducted in a peaceful way in order to reach an understanding that will allow the two to become good neighbors. 

Kubis said he was in Erbil to get an update on the situation and discuss with Barzani current events and the post-referendum environment, according to the statement. 

Kubis, who is the special representative of UN chief Antonio Guterres, said he would deliver Barzani’s concerns about the international community’s stance against the independence referendum. He added that the UN would continue its efforts to bring rival sides closer together. 

The UN’s official stance is that the "unilateral referendum" will destabilize the region and the UN supports the "sovereignty of Iraq and its territorial, unity and integrity."

The UN Security Council addressed the referendum in a meeting on Thursday. 

"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,” read a statement from the Council after its meeting. 

In his meeting with Kubis, Barzani emphasized that the Kurdistan Region would continue to fight against ISIS as it has done in the past, including coordinating with the Iraqi army. He said they would also embrace any flow of refugees and displaced persons, as the Kurdistan Region has been doing.  

Kubis thanked Barzani for his stance on those issues. 



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Amin | 24/9/2017
This is now a full blooded chess game(not that it was not before!).The Kurdish leadership must hold its nerve. Turkey,Iran and Iraq have a lot to lose if borders are closed and economic embargo is carried out against KRG. Question is are Turkish and Iranian politicians bright enough to realize this? Will they join the 21st century? Kurds in Iran and Turkey must go on mass demonstrations(by the millions) to show their opposition to any use of force by those two countries.
Dler | 24/9/2017
UN is a joke, no one and I mean NO ONE takes that useless corrupt org seriously. Any country strong enough to impose it's will militarily ignores the UN, and I'm not talking about the big powers with veto power that wipe their ass with the UN on a regular basis, I'm talking about small countries like Myanmar Siri Lanka etc were the UN passes one resolution after the other against them and they laugh back at them.
hiwa | 24/9/2017
F#$k the UN and everything they pretend they stand for
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 24/9/2017
For at least 50 years, the UN has been using its "founding principles" for toilet paper. With respect to Barzani, telling them these things is utterly useless. The bureaucracy which runs that place doesn't want to hear.
Jagerxin derashy | 25/9/2017
Why UN didn't reject Scotlands referendum or oppose Catalan referendum and support unity and integrity of Spain and U.K. ?
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