Iraq: «No decision whatsoever to delay referendum» — Kurdish PM Barzani

Iraq's Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechervan Idris Barzani said that the upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence «will express the will and the desire of the people and the nation as a whole», and that «there's no decision whatsoever to delay the process of referendum», speaking in an interview in Erbil, Monday. «When we talk about referendum on the 25th it doesn't mean that the following day... Еще we will be declaring independence», asserted Barzani, before adding that the aim of the referendum is to «further this idea with Baghdad». The Prime Minster went on to say, «The whole idea of holding such a referendum is to express the will and the desire of the people and the nation as a whole and it will be mandates for the political leadership in order to have further discussions and dialogue». Barzani added that Baghdad «has already started to reject the outcome» of the forthcoming referendum. «This, however, will not have any impact on the process,» he concluded. Iraqi Kurdistan is set to vote on 25 September in an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey.

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