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Barzani welcomes Iraqi Vice President's initiative for talks

By Rudaw 29/9/2017
Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi [L] and Kurdish President Masud Barzani meet on September 12, 2017 in Erbil. File photo: KRP
Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi [L] and Kurdish President Masud Barzani meet on September 12, 2017 in Erbil. File photo: KRP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi says that he has received a message from Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on his initiative for talks and the prevention of further tensions as a result of Monday's independence referendum.
In the letter that has been published on Allawi's official website Barzani reiterates the need for talks and the prevention of any groups of parties from escalating the situation. He adds that as has been clarified from day one the referendum does not mean the declaration of independence overnight or the imposition of a status quo on anyone. But that the Kurdistan Region is ready for talks and negotiations on all outstanding issues with Iraq as two brother nations.
“We reaffirmed both before the referendum and the day after holding it, that the referendum does not mean declaring independence straight away, but that we are prepared to wait for two years during which we can communicate through an extended constructive dialogue to discuss all issues and topics that can make us two partners in building a future for our two nations, without imposing de facto on any area.”
"We see in your initiative positive elements especially for preventing any escalation or the parliament taking punitive action," says Barzani's letter as published by Allawi. "We are open to your initiative and ready for cooperation."
"Your call for talks as a means to solve the issues and avoiding the language of threats and force is what we have called for since the start of the crisis and what pushed us towards a referendum for to decide our fate," the letter goes on to say, adding that no effort must be spared for understanding and logic.
VP Allawi held a press conference on Monday as he revealed his initiative. 
He called on President Barzani and the Kurdish leadership to “freeze the results of the referendum for a transitional period,” during which talks will be held to preserve “the Kurdish and Arab brotherhood, and leads to achieve a united democratic, federal Iraq.”
Iraq has since issued a series of measures against the Kurdish referendum, including a flight ban on international trips to and from Kurdistan's airports that will take effect later in the day, to deploy Iraqi security forces to the disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by Baghdad but are under control the Peshmerga forces, and a pre-condition that Erbil must annul the results of the referendum before any talks held.


Azad | 29/9/2017
Allawi is a good man. Always has been. He is secular and does not follow the sectarian mentality of Abadi, Maliki and many other Islamist shias. If Iraq was ruled by secularists none of these problems would exist. Unfortunately Islamists, in this case shia Islamists have COMPLETELY destroyed the country by mixing religion with politics and persecuting those who adhere to different beliefs. And unfortunately most shias continue to vote for the islamists rather than the secularists who are tied because of iranian interference also.
yassir fekaiki | 29/9/2017
Would Dr Ayad be kind enough to provide full disclosure of his and his family's involvement with Dana Gas, Crescent and Pearl petroleum? and who's Private jet does he use to travel around?
WokeKurd | 29/9/2017
Lets see how Barzani follows up with this. If he truly is seeking an independant Kurdistan, he will in no way allow Iraq or any nation to impose rules and conditions upon our people. The greatest shame will be "freezing the results" and becoming subjects to Iraq yet again... The majority of Kurds who rallied for the referendum should be wery of how quickly their high hopes and dreams can be simmered. Keep in mind that we wont be seeing an independent Kurdistan for at least 2 years... I hate to say this but I feel like this referendum was merely a ploy used by our Kurdish leaders as a excuse for them to stay relevent and keep us entertained. The ball is in your court, Mr. Barzani - lets see what moves you will make.
Ami | 30/9/2017
No consider to Iraqi Kurds it will benefit Israeli. Iraq must be united Iraq under Baghdad central government.
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