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Iraq refuses to discuss Kurdish independence
    2017-September-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Iraqi Government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq yesterday after a referendum on independence showed strong support for a split, Erbil-based Rudaw TV said.

The electoral commission supervising the independence referendum said yesterday that initial results have shown that 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds support Kurdistan independence from Iraq.

The Iraqi Kurds on Monday ended their vote in the referendum that will determine the independence of the Kurdish region and the disputed areas amid threats and rejection from Baghdad and neighboring countries.

About 5.2 million eligible voters were entitled to cast ballots in 12,000 polling boxes in 2,000 polling centers.

Queues were formed since early morning at many polling stations, and the regional President Masoud Barzani was one of the first to vote. The voters were asked to answer one question in the referendum; either “Yes” to independent Kurdish state or “No” to remain as autonomous region part of the Iraqi state.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, Kirkuk Governor Najm al-Din Kareem called on the residents of Kirkuk to return to their homes after voting and avoid celebrations in the city.

The referendum was held despite intense international pressure on Barzani to halt the voting, amid fears that it would spark new conflicts with Baghdad and with neighboring Iran and Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Ankara would close its border with the Kurdish region in northern Iraq because of the independence referendum and threatened the Iraqi Kurds with blocking their key oil exports.

Iran reiterated its opposition to the Kurdish referendum in Iraq, underlining the need for maintaining Iraq’s sovereignty at a time that Baghdad is making great successes in its fight against IS terrorist group.

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi Parliament issued a package measures against the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan over its referendum.

The parliament demanded Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is the commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces, redeploy the Iraqi security forces in the disputed areas outside the Kurdish region.

The parliament demanded the federal government to regain control of oil fields in the disputed areas to be under the control of the federal Oil Ministry.

The Iraqi Government has repeatedly rejected the referendum and its results, describing it as “unconstitutional.”

The independence of Kurdistan is opposed by many countries because they said it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and it could undermine fight against IS militants.

Neighboring countries such as Turkey, Iran and Syria see that such a step would threaten their territorial integrity, as larger populations of Kurds live in those countries.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about “the potentially destabilizing effects” of Monday’s referendum, Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.  (Xinhua)

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