Abadi Calls On Kurdistan Region Not To Hold Referendum

Abadi Calls On Kurdistan Region Not To Hold Referendum

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi once again called on the Kurdistan Region not to hold referendum on independence of Kurdistan set for September 25.

Addressing reporters during a weekly press briefing in Baghdad on Wednesday (September 6), Abadi repeated the Kurdistan Region’s referendum is against Iraqi constitution.

“I call upon the Kurdish leaders not to hold referendum because a referendum with no result is a deceit of people,” Abadi continued.

“Referendum will take us to a dark tunnel if the Kurds hold it alone,” he added.

In June, Abadi said holding an independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region is “unconstitutional and illegal” and that such a referendum requires a specified law in parliament.

The Kurdistan Region declared on June 7 a plan to hold a referendum on the region’s independence this year on September 25. The announcement came following a meeting between the region’s political parties, not including the Gorran and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).

The referendum has also concerned the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany and Turkey as well as Iran.