Saturday, August 27, 2016

Iraq's PM sees Kurdish referendum as "undisputed right" - Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region-- Iraq's Prime Minster Haidar Al-Abadi has said his government will not work against Kurdish independence referendum and sees self-determination as an "undisputed right."

In a meeting Thursday with a top Kurdish delegation in Baghdad Abadi also wished Iraq and its Kurdistan Region to become "good neighbors."

A senior official with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who attended the meeting said Abadi had called for "better understanding" between Erbil and Baghdad with regard to the future status of Kurdistan Region.

"About the right to self-determination, Abadi said they will not oppose it since every nation is entitled to it as it is a right recognized by the international community," PUK official Saadi Pira told his party's media quoting the Iraqi premier.

"Abadi also said that we should have better understanding about Iraq and its future, whether we should work to be together or part ways," Pira said.

"But he said that we would like to become good neighbors," he quoted Abadi.

A recent opinion poll in Kurdish controlled territories shows that over 82 percent of the respondents favor a breakup with the Iraqi state and support the formation of an independent Kurdish state. ...

bth: I view this as an extraordinarily positive move on behalf of the prime minister on behalf of the Iraqi people. Admittedly it may be timed to get the Peshmerga to work with the Iraqi government to retake Mosul, but spoken nevertheless in a way that will have favorable results.  Kurds in Iraq must be looking at the prospect of Turkey interfering in Iraq, staying with an Iraqi government or trying to piece together independence from a landlocked location that ultimately requires the cooperation of at least one neighbor.

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