Barzani Says Referendum to Be Held On Scheduled Date

Barzani Says Referendum to Be Held On Scheduled Date

Masoud Barzani reiterated on Monday (September 11) referendum on independence of Kurdistan will be held on the scheduled date.

Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP) said in a statement on Monday that Barzani met with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jan Kubis, in Erbil.

Both sides discussed the political situation in Iraq and the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad as well as the upcoming referendum in the region, according to the statement.

Barzani said during the meeting that a decision to hold referendum on independence of Kurdistan was the decision of the Kurdistan Region’s people.

Barzani further said referendum is a legal right of the people of the Kurdistan Region.

He added the Kurdistan Region will continue to preserve stability and co-existence in the area.

“The referendum will not create any obstacles for the ongoing effort to rid the region and the world of the terrorists of the Islamic State,” Barzani said as cited by the KRP.

Meanwhile, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on its official Facebook page that Kubis urged “renewed efforts towards reaching an understanding between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve all outstanding issues.”

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).