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Kurdistan

KRG offers to freeze outcome of independence referendum to begin dialogue

By Rudaw 25/10/2017
The Kurdistan Region held a referendum on September 25 when 92.7 percent of ballots cast indicated a 'Yes' vote on independence from Iraq. File photo: AFP
The Kurdistan Region held a referendum on September 25 when 92.7 percent of ballots cast indicated a 'Yes' vote on independence from Iraq. File photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Kurdistan Regional Government has offered to freeze the results of the Kurdish independence referendum to give open dialogue a chance with Baghdad on the outstanding issues between the two governments on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.

A statement published by the Kurdish government Wednesday morning read that they do not want war and bloodshed to continue between the Kurdish and Iraqi forces. They have therefore decided to offer to “freeze the outcome of the referendum that was held in Iraqi Kurdistan.”

It also said that they will immediately announce a ceasefire and stop every military operation in the Kurdistan Region.

The statement continued to say that they are ready to “begin an open dialogue between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.”

The Kurdistan Region held a referendum on September 25 when 92.7 percent of ballots cast indicated a 'Yes' vote on independence from Iraq. Since that time, the federal government has taken punitive measures and taken control of oil-rich disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.

Translation of the full text of the statement

The dangerous situation and tension that faces Iraq and Kurdistan forces all of us to live up to the historical responsibility and to not allow the situation to lead to further war and confrontation between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga.

The aggression and the confrontation between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga since October 16, 2017 has caused damage to both sides. It may also result in continued bloodshed and result in cutting the social relations between the Iraqi components.

It is a fact that a war between the two sides will not have a winner. It will instead lead both sides to great damages in all aspects of life. That is why, from the perspective of our responsibility towards the people of Kurdistan and Iraq, we propose the following to the government of Iraq, the Iraqi public opinion, and to the world:

The immediate cessation of fighting and every kind of military operations in the Kurdistan Region.

Freezing the outcome of the referendum that was held in the Iraqi Kurdistan.

Beginning an open dialogue between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.

Kurdistan Regional Government 


 

Last updated at 2:39 a.m. 

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| 25/10/2017
Have the leaders heard of Catch 22? or caught between a rock and a very hard place? game over, check mate or what ever you want to call it. The kurdish leadership have sealed their coffin with this latest statement time for immediate free transparent elections, new leaders not a talabani or barzani but people who are with a real vision and lead for the people not themselves
Sad Kurd in USA | 25/10/2017
Very sad news. the people of Kurdistan spoke with one voice and know their voice doesn't count. Shame on those who sold Kirkuk for money and guaranteed position within Iraqi government. The Kurdistan court should and must put them on trail for treason. LONG LIVE OUR BRAVE PESHMERGA
Mike Bromley | 25/10/2017
And Shoulder out the Iranian Militias. They have no business in Iraq. Speaking of constitutional issues.
SAD DAY! | 25/10/2017
NO shame, KDP and PUK, make a fake referendum, lose everything, then throw the referendum away. Postpone the election for years to come and stay in power for ever. They don't know how to fight Hashed al-Shaabi 100.000 with 250.000 Peshmerga, but they sure know to break down every protest in Erbil. You idiots lost every credibility, love my people, hate this family business called KRG.
Rojhalat | 25/10/2017
The Referendum was the Kurds most important document with 93% YES vote for Independent. that is there will remain for ever live no matter when we proceed is there. was supported by 4 parchay Kurdistan kurd can use it when is time suitable.
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