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Abadi to PUK: Kurds do not have to threaten Baghdad through media

By Rudaw 28/8/2016
Mullah Bakhtyar, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Photo: Rudaw video
Mullah Bakhtyar, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Photo: Rudaw video

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Holding a referendum on independence is an undeniable right and Kurds do not have to threaten Baghdad through the media, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), according to a senior member of the PUK.

 

“Holding a referendum is normal and this does not mean that we declare a state,” said Mullah Bakhtyar, in a press conference on Sunday. “In this regard, Abadi said ‘referendum is your right and you do not have to threaten us through the media.’”

 

A PUK delegation met with Abadi in Baghdad over the weekend. Saadi Ahmed Pira, another senior member of the party who accompanied Bakhtyar to Baghdad, told Rudaw on Saturday that Abadi had told them Baghdad would not “oppose” Kurdish right to “self-determination.”

 

“About the right to self-determination, Abadi said they will not oppose it since every nation is entitled to it as it is a right recognized by the international community. Steps to reach this right also should not be deterred,” Pira said.

 

Pira shared what Abadi had told their delegation: “But, we have to understand each other, we have to work on a program of togetherness or a program of separation. We would like to be good neighbors.”

 

On August 22, a high-level PUK delegation head by Mullah Bakhtyar arrived in Baghdad.

 

Bakhtyar revealed that their visit to Baghdad was timely and “important” because they were able to discuss a range of critical issues that have remained unsolved between the central government and Erbil.

 

“The visit by the PUK delegation to Baghdad was important,” he said. “To resolve constitutional, economic and political issues we have to return to Baghdad and there we should announce our goals.”

 

He also claimed that the delegation did not make any specific calls for the party’s interest but rather represented the government’s interests.

 

“Our calls were to resolve the budget and salaries of the Kurdistan Region, as well as other problems,” he said.

 

One of the pending issues is oil. Bakhtyar stated that “Baghdad is ready to resume talks with Erbil to resolve oil issues between both sides.”

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M Gonzales | 28/8/2016
Wait what? I missed the threatening when I go thru my news feeds, why would the PUK threaten Baghdad?
FAUthman | 29/8/2016
Do not turn the referendum into a political football. 1- You can have the refrundumm now without Baghdad's consent, but the results will not be binding and you get no international recognition. So why bother. 2- Solve your disagreements with Baghdad on oil, territories, IDPs, etc,, get Baghdad's consent for the referendum. Then the results are binding and you get international recognition, but you are out of Iraq. Do not push for the referendum for the hell of it or as a means to pressure Baghdad. That is stupid!
Muraz Adzhoev | 29/8/2016
No political party is authorized to represent sovereign interests of the authorities and the people of Southern Kurdistan in Baghdad, Tehran, Ankara, Damaskus, In Washington,and Moscow. PUK is just one of many other political parties and nothing more than that. There are only the President-Commander, the Government and the Parliament in Southern Kurdistan authorized to represent sovereign interests of the people. Southern Kurdistan is de-facto an independent sovereign state already and Baghdad is nothing, but the capital city of failed federation. Kurds in "Green Zone" must leave Baghdad for Kurdisran the sooner the better.
Arzi | 29/8/2016
That is a problem with our politicians, they trust everyone who promises anything to them . Just reading this article makes me sick about our politicians because they are very weak and don't know much about politics and diplomacy. Threatening language is the only language Arabs, Turks, Iranian governments understand. For example, We all saw what happened between Turkey and Russian, did Russian back down? No, did Turkey suck Russian Dicks? The answer is yes.
Gertrud Bell | 29/8/2016
This rant about baghdad again.

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