Iraq's top court suspends Kurdish region's independence vote

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

Opposition to the September 25 independence vote has made for some odd bedfellows, namely US -designated state-sponsor of terrorism Iran and the United States itself.

Israel is the only country to back the plebiscite.

The parliament of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region approved a plan on Friday to hold a referendum on independence on September 25, ignoring opposition from Baghdad and the wider region as well as Western concerns that the vote could spark fresh conflict.

It is unclear whether Lavrov's comments represent the official position of the Kremlin.

Close to emerging from more than three years of war with the Islamic State group, many of Iraq's Kurds believe they will be safer as an independent state.


The Russian company says the pipeline would provide natural gas to power plants and factories in the region and also exports to Turkey and Europe, and the assumed throughput capacity would ensure 30B cm/year of exports in addition to domestic supplies.

Iraqi Kurds have announced a September 25 vote on the autonomous oil-rich region's independence in a poll that Baghdad has argued would be unconstitutional.

Al-Abadi said he is focused on legal responses to the Kurdish referendum on independence.

The ethnically-diverse city of Kirkuk remains a subject of dispute between northern Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government and Iraq's central government in Baghdad.

"The decision today by the court is very clear". The Region is set to hold a referendum on independence on Sep.


On Sunday, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the global body, said that the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had declared any unilateral decision to hold a vote would detract from the need to annihilate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Both leaders stressed over the importance of Iraq's territorial integrity and agreed that the insistence on holding the referendum will raise tensions in the region.

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KRG president Masoud Barzani earlier said a "Yes" vote would not mean a declaration of independence but would lead to negotiations with Baghdad.

"As Kurdish individuals, we all want to have our own state, have our own flag in the United Nations just like any other nation since we are 40 million Kurds and have no state of our own", said Dzamil Osman, a local merchant in Makhmour - one of the disputed territories where the vote is scheduled to take place.


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