Home » Sport

Iraq's Kurdish leader vows to conduct independence referendum

17 September, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • SAFIN HAMED

Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Saturday launched an initiative between the political leaders in Baghdad and Erbil to resolve the crisis of holding referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region and disputed areas slated for September 25.

Western officials have once again pressed on Kurdish leaders to cancel the 25 September independence referendum by threatening not to grant worldwide legitimacy to the elections.

The White House urged Iraq's Kurdish leaders to cancel the September 25 vote on independence, saying the move is a distraction from the efforts to defeat Daesh.

"We therefore call on the Kurdistan Regional Government to call off the referendum and enter into serious and sustained dialogue with Baghdad, which the United States has repeatedly indicated it is prepared to facilitate".

Hashmatullah

Last Thursday, Iraqi lawmakers voted to remove Kirkuk Governor Najmiddin Karim from his post based on a request by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Kurdish leaders have come under increasing pressure from key ally the United States, as well as neighboring Turkey and Iran, to call off the vote fearing it could plunge the region into greater instability as the fight against the Islamic State group grinds to a close.

The parliament met in the KRG capital, Erbil, in northern Iraq.

"We said before, but the time is now late for that, that if there was a better and more guaranteed alternative in place of referendum. then we welcome that. Nobody brought a better alternative", Barzani told people in the Nineveh Plains attending an event in support of the referendum.

Philippe Coutinho Recovered From Back Injury, Returns to LFC Training
Coutinho came off the bench to play the last 15 minutes of his national team's draw with Colombia . Now is the time for him to show the team is ready to face everything'.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview on Friday that Barzani's decision not to postpone the referendum was "very wrong".

Baghdad has condemned the referendum, calling it "unconstitutional" and "unilateral".

In recent years, there have been tensions between Baghdad and Kurdistan over power-sharing, oil revenues and territorial disputes.

"Those assembled in parliament today think this is a lawful session, but this is unlawful", Birzu Majeed, the head of Gorran's parliamentary block, told a news conference held while parliament was in session.

Pakistan open to joint Afghan border patrols: Abbasi
Pakistan is rightly taking friendly countries' leadership into confidence in the wake of Trump statement. He said that Pakistan had lost more than $120 billion in the war against terrorism.

Disagreements between Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government have been high for years, as the ethnic Kurds consider the northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk and parts of Nineveh, Diyala and Salahudin provinces as disputed areas and want them to be incorporated into their region.

Germany also renewed its opposition to the unilateral independence referendum. It is claimed by both the Kurds and the central government in Baghad.

Britain ups aid for storm-hit Caribbean, but Brexit fears loom
Boris Johnson said only £4m remained of a £32m relief fund after troops and police were sent to the area. He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

Recommended:



Popular

Sampha wins coveted Mercury Prize
Process beat albums by alt-J , The xx, Glass Animals , Sampha , The Big Moon , Kate Tempest , Ed Sheeran , and others. The Mercury Prize showcases a range of genres by celebrating the best album by a British or Irish artist each year.

Suu Kyi tells Republican senator she seeks aid for Rohingya
The Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing from Myanmar (Burma) by the thousands. It has been characterised by many as ethnic cleansing. A week ago that figure stood at 270,000.

Mowing In America: 11-Year-Old Entrepreneur Tackles White House Lawn
Giaccio, who has his own lawn mowing business wrote a letter to the President asking if he could mow the lawn at the White House. He spent the morning cutting the White House grass after writing to the president over the summer offering his services.

President Trump To Visit Florida This Week Following Irma
Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump on the trip, promised Floridians: "We're with you today". "We're going to be there". He toured a Houston shelter housing hundreds of displaced people and walking streets lined with soggy, discarded possessions.

Hit the dunes with the 2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX
Jaguar Land Rover holds a similar driving experience for its Jaguar customers, called Art of Performance. Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC), is new to Discovery on SVX.

Oil prices rise as IEA sees higher demand, shrinking inventories
President Donald Trump 's administration could enact any of the reforms and initiatives he pledged on the campaign trail. Refinery utilization rates fell by 2 percentage points to 77.7 percent, the lowest rate since 2008.

'Last Chance U' star charged in connection with Tennessee homicide
Alcoa (Tennessee) police said Thursday that Patrick had been taken into custody by Indiana University police. As of a few weeks ago he was no longer part of their football program and no longer enrolled at the school.

Destiny 2 "Hate Symbol" Removed By Bungie
As for the exact meaning behind the Kekistan flag , it has a long and odd history of perversion to mean what it does today. During this time, Bungie addressed the imagery issue and extended the estimated completion time to 2 p.m.

Parents, 11-Year-Old Die at Volcanic Crater in Italy
Authorities believe they died because of exposure to the hot gasses only inches under the surface. Eyewitnesses reported arriving at the scene to see the young boy crying and asking for help.

Serena Williams shares first photo, confirms name of newborn daughter
Go ahead and add another title to Serena Williams' collection: Mom. "She says she still has things to achieve in tennis". The Nike athlete also shared on Instagram a look at the baby's cute socks - designed like ballerina slippers.