Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Tillerson: US rejects Kurdistan independence referendum

By Rudaw 29/9/2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressing the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in March. Photo: AP
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressing the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in March. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The United States “does not recognize” Kurdistan’s independence referendum, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced in a statement Friday evening. 

“The vote and the results lack legitimacy and we continue to support a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq,” read the statement. 

Tillerson said that aspirations of stability and prosperity in the Kurdistan Region “cannot be advanced through unilateral measures such as this referendum.”

He called for calm and for Baghdad to “reject threats or even allusion to possible use of force,” while urging Kurdish leaders to “respect the constitutionally-mandated role of the central government.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, at the request of the parliament, ordered the deployment of troops to disputed areas following the vote. 

Iraqi forces have also engaged in military exercises with Turkey near the Turkey-Kurdistan border and on Wednesday, Iraq’s army chief of staff visited Tehran to discuss enhancing military cooperation. 

Tillerson asked all parties “including Iraq’s neighbours, to reject unilateral actions and the use of force.”

The US’ official stance has been opposed to Kurdistan’s independence referendum since the beginning, arguing the vote will have a destabilizing effect and throwing its support behind a united Iraq. 

Individual American lawmakers have, however, recently expressed support for Kurdistan’s right to self-determination and sovereignty aspirations. 

On Wednesday, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, released a statement supporting an independent Kurdish state

On Monday evening, as people cast their ballots, US Congressman Trent Franks introduced legislation to support Kurdistan’s right of self-determination. 

Over 92 percent of voters supported separating from Iraq in Monday’s vote. 

Comments

 
Data pager
Previous
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
Roj | 29/9/2017
When Kurds vote it's illegitimate but when white people in America and Europe vote it's called democracy. Thank you very much Mr. Tillerson for proving us right that America does not promote democracy as it claims. But it promotes dictatorship as is common knowledge. I hope Kurdish leadership will ignore this oil thief turned politician and stand firm on behalf of people.
Vibe | 29/9/2017
Trump won election by 48% and it was legitimate. Kurds won referendum by 93% and according to Tillerson it's illegitimate! Why did he wait until Friday to clarify his position? did he wait to see what ayatollah Sistani had to say first?
Muraz Adzhoev | 29/9/2017
Is US Rex-Secretary of State Tillerson "the Supreme Judge of the World"? Let's wait for US Defens Department, Congress, Senate and President with no "rex-consoles" in their statements on the Kurdistan self-determination in full accordance with principles of the international law and civilized norms of humanitarian justice. Rex is getting out of mind, conscience and decency.
Hawraman | 29/9/2017
When oil prices were high and he was the CEO of Exxon/Mobil he supported Kurdish independence. it was profitable back then. Too bad Kurds miscalculated and went for referendum when oil prices are low. I don't understand which Iraq he's referring to. Iraq doesn't exist! It's a vessel province of Iran and it's Iran not US that has influence on Iraq.
Independence | 29/9/2017
Rex tillerson is a disgrace to democracy!

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

PrivateEye | 9/21/2018 2:46:17 PM
Coward chicken
Guest | 9/21/2018 6:32:25 PM
The people of Kurdistan better gather this man into their arms and hold on tight.
Najmaldin Karim says he's not with PUK or KDP
| yesterday at 07:19 | (11)
Ahmed27 | 9/21/2018 4:37:55 PM
The 2017 referendum will take the Kurds to independence for sure. And that day all the traitors will cry! Bji Barzani
Guest | 9/21/2018 6:24:57 PM
I know this article doesn't reflect the views of all people in Kurdistan, but I resent what the writer said in the last part of this article where he...
September 25: The unforgettable day Kurds voted to leave Iraq
| 9 hours ago | (6)
thurgood bardico | 9/21/2018 5:58:23 PM
"Moderate opposition"... LOL
Turkey, Russia agree on Idlib demilitarized zone borders
| 8 hours ago | (1)
Zanyarkermashani | 9/21/2018 1:07:49 PM
When you kill soldiers border guards, dont complain. Even Saddam used you ad puppets against Iran.
Victoria Kermashani | 9/21/2018 5:27:27 PM
Shame on you Zanyarkermashani! Nobody is killig the soldiers on the borders, but the peshmerga forces have to d fend themselves when they are...
Scarred for life, Kurds from Iran plead for UN intervention after Koya attack
| 14 hours ago | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

PUK list head Talabani says not to retaliate after election posters slashed 9 hours ago | (1)

PUK list head Talabani says not to retaliate after election posters slashed

“I call on members and supporters of all parties more
September 25: The unforgettable day Kurds voted to leave Iraq 9 hours ago | (6)

September 25: The unforgettable day Kurds voted to leave Iraq

They traded the Kurds and the votes of millions more
Northern Syria officials overwhelmed by detained ISIS fighters request int’l help 11 hours ago | (3)

Northern Syria officials overwhelmed by detained ISIS fighters request int’l help

"Now every country has moral, human and legal more
0.39 seconds