Reuters logo
Vote for Kurdish secession would not mean automatic break with Baghdad - senior official
June 9, 2017 / 11:45 AM / 5 months ago

Vote for Kurdish secession would not mean automatic break with Baghdad - senior official

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - An expected “yes” vote in an independence referendum would strengthen Kurdistan’s hand in talks with Baghdad rather than leading to an automatic break from Iraq, a senior ally of Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Friday.

Iraq's Kurdistan region's President Massoud Barzani gestures during a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (not pictured) in Erbil, Iraq April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari/Files

Hoshiyar Zebari also said a vote for secession would not mean the Kurds annexed either the oil-rich region of Kirkuk or three other disputed regions in Kurdish-controlled territory.

“You will hear people saying we are for Iraq’s unity, territorial integrity, we want dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, we understand all this,” he said.

“A referendum is a democratic process, no democratic country can oppose having a referendum; we are not talking about independence, we are talking about the referendum.”

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Louise Ireland

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below