U.S. against Kurdistan Region holding referendum in September: Envoy
U.S. envoy to the coalition confronting the extremist group of the Islamic (IS) has stated that the referendum on independence in Iraq’s Kurdistan region should not take place in September as planned because it would be destabilizing at time when the fight against the IS isn’t yet won.

 Having a referendum on such a fast timeline, particularly in disputed areas, would be, we think, significantly destabilizing and we’ve made those views very clear,” said Brett McGurk.

He said that Islamic State still occupies several areas in Iraq, and the Iraqi military and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters continue to be involved in operations against the group. “We do not think the referendum should happen in September,” McGurk said at a news conference in Washington on Thursday.

Iraqi Kurdistan announced last month that it plans to hold the plebiscite on Sept. 25, to be followed by another -- for a new parliament and president -- on Nov. 6. The dates were set during a meeting between President Masoud Barzani and local political parties.

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News Code: 16468  |  Date: 2017/07/14  |  Time: 18 : 10

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