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EU advises Iraqi Kurds against independence vote

Europe
19.06.2017
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Luxembourg (dpa) - The Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan should avoid taking "unilateral steps" and resolve issues with Iraq through dialogue, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, after the region recently announced it would hold an independence referendum.

In a move criticised by Iraq and neighbouring Turkey, the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region, which was created in 1992, unilaterally set an independence vote for September 25.

"The EU believes that the general interest of Iraqi people is best served through dialogue and cooperation, that unilateral steps must be avoided, and that all open questions must be resolved through consensual positions based on the full application of the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution," EU foreign ministers said in a statement.

They said that the Iraqi federal government and Kurdish regional authorities should continue to work together on security, including the military campaign to liberate Mosul from Islamic State extremists, and engage in "constructive dialogue" on all other issues.

Last week even the United Nations distanced itself from the plan to hold a referendum, saying it would not be "engaged in any way or form" in the vote.

 

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