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Kurdish businessman lobbies against Kurdistan independence referendum

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Shaswar Abdulwahid, a Kurdish businessman and the owner of a media conglomerate that includes NRT television channels, announced Tuesday that he will form a movement against the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum and that he will urge p ...

Kurdistan Will Become All-Encompassing Exemplary State: Turkmen Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-26 18:19
ERBIL— The leader of the Turkmen Shuruq Party Duraid Muwafaq Quryali stated that his party supports the referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region. In an interview with BasNews on Wednesday, Quryali also indicated the stance of the Turkmen offici ...

Turkmen Leader: We Vote “Yes” to Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-26 17:18
ERBIL — Turkmens in Iraq are in favour of Kurdistan’s independence referendum and the opposition voices in Baghdad do not represent the ethnic community, said Duraid Quryali, deputy chairperson of Turkmen Shrough Party, in an exclusive interview with Bas ...

International Observers to Oversee Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-26 14:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum have invited international observers to oversee the upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, an official said. The observers are two ...

Independence Better Formula for Erbil-Baghdad Relations: Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-26 12:30
Hemin Hawrami says an independent Kurdistan can deepen the Erbil-Baghdad relations ERBIL — Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the upcoming independence referendum “is not an opinion poll, but a bind ...

US Congressman Supports Kurdistan’s Independence Bid

BAS News - 2017-07-26 11:19
Congressman Trent Franks showed support for Kurds in their fight against terror on behalf of humanity ERBIL — A US Congressman expressed support for the Kurdistan Region’s September vote on secession from Iraq. In an interview with Kurdistan 24, Trent Fr ...

Iraqi Kurds must be allowed to hold referendum: Russian FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-26 10:27
The autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region “must be” allowed to hold an independence referendum this year because they have the “right” to express their aspirations to break away from Iraq, declared Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with K ...

Kurds Deserve Independence: Ex- German VC, Fischer

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:37
ERBIL— The former vice chancellor of Germany, Joschka Fischer, stated that through their struggle against the Islamic State (IS) extremists, Kurds proved they deserve independence as a nation. During an interview, Fischer also described Kurdistan as the ...

Part of PUK, Gorran Work to Postpone Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Influential factions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Change Movement (Gorran) are now working to delay the independence referendum which is set to be held on 25th September this year. Earlier on June 7th, Kurdistan Region President Ma ...

Trent Franks warns Kurds against Iranian and Turkish influence in region

Washington Times - 2017-07-25 10:57
Iranian and Turkish influence in northern Iraq could pose a threat to U.S. interests in the region and its relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government as Iraqi Kurds move forward with a controversial vote on independence in two months, a key House l ...

Kurdistan Region delegation to discuss referendum with Baghdad

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 08:19
Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene this week to form delegations for talks with Baghdad and the regional countries over the forthcoming independence referendum of the autonomous region in the north of Iraq. ...

Turkmens Prefer Kurds to Shi'ite-Dominated Baghdad Govt : Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-24 17:30
He says the US will back the referendum if it's assured about granting rights to all components ERBIL— Turkmen parties in the Kurdistan Region have informed the US consular office in Erbil that the Turkmens in Kurdistan support the independence referendu ...

8th Kurdistan International Film Festival to Happen in August

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan International Film Festival (KIFF) has prepared its 8th annual event to happen in August titled ‘Towards Referendum and Kurdistan’s Independence”. Shakhawan Mustafa, director of the festival, told BasNews that the event has been schedul ...

Kurdistan to Form Delegation to Discuss Referendum with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene this week to form delegations for talks with Baghdad and the regional countries over the forthcoming independence referendum of Kurdistan. Wahida Yaqu Hormuz, a member of the referendum ...

Kirkuk Votes on Joining Kurdistan for Independence: Governor

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim has stated that allowing people to have their voice on their future is a legitimate right supported by international laws, reiterating that Kirkuk will be included in the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan’s indepen ...

Over 85% of Yezidis in Favor of Kurdistan’s Independence: Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
SINJAR — Kurdish Yezidis support the referendum and independence of Kurdistan Region, describing it as “a significant step towards connecting Sinjar city to Lalish temple.” Mir Dasin Faruq Bag, a leader of the Yezidi community, told BasNews that the Kurd ...

Kurdish Diaspora in Germany Demands EU Support Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-23 18:34
ERBIL— In a rally in support of the Kurdistan independence referendum, the Kurdish diaspora in Germany called on the EU Parliament not to stand in the way of Kurdistan for independence. The demonstrators, who came from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, stage ...

Trump Unlikely to Get in Kurds’ Way for Independence: US Politician

BAS News - 2017-07-23 14:52
ERBIL — The Kurds have big plans and the US President Donald Trump may not get in their way, said Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group. “In Iraq, Trump is less concerned than his predecessors about the country’s territorial integrity,” Bremmer said in ...

Gorran may speak with KDP on independence: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 11:48
A Change Movement (Gorran) official said they were ready to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the question of referendum and reactivation of the parliament if the KDP was "serious" in thawing the ice and laying the groundwork for rec ...

Baghdad cannot prevent referendum in Kurdistan Region: Mahmoud Osman

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
A former Iraqi parliament deputy and Kurdish politician, Mahmoud Osman, stated over the plan of Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum of independence on September that the central Iraqi government in Baghdad will not be able to prevent the referendum. ...

Iran "Green with Envy" with Kurdistan's Development: HDK-Iran Official

BAS News - 2017-07-22 18:38
He says Iran regards the Kurdistan Region as "second Israel." ERBIL— The opposition of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kurdistan Region's imminent independence referendum sources from their resentment towards the developments of Kurdistan, said the p ...

KRHCR to Assign Negotiating Delegations Next Week

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region High Committee for Referendum (KRHCR) will meet next week to set up delegations over the independence referendum for talks with the Arab and foreign countries. Sadq Jabari, a member of the KRHCR, told BasNews on Saturday that the ...

Kurdish Artists Express Support for Kurdistan’s Independence in Zagreb

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
ERBIL — A group of Kurdish artists gathered on Friday in the Croatian capital to participate in an international event and show support for the imminent independence referendum on Kurdistan’s independence. The Kurdish delegation raised the Kurdistan flag ...

Gorran says Barzani uses independence vote for personal gains

KurdPress - 2017-07-21 20:02
The Movement for Change (Gorran) criticized Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani over an attempt to use the referendum on Kurdistan region’s independence from Baghdad to regain personal and party credibility that had been lost due to political and e ...

Yezidis Won’t Miss This Historic Chance of Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-21 13:20
SINJAR — A Yezidi official stated that people of Sinjar, a Yezidi predominantly region, are willing to participate in the referendum on Kurdistan Region independence and they won’t miss this long-awaited historic opportunity. Mahma Khalil, mayor of Sinja ...

KDP and Gorran Senior Officials Meet Soon: Gorran MP

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:32
ERBIL— To discuss the imminent independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Gorran (Change) Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet soon, a Gorran lawmaker confirmed. Bestun Fayeq told BasNews on Thursday that in the high level me ...

Russia Won’t Oppose Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 14:02
ERBIL — Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa in Russia's Foreign Ministry, Valerian Shuvaev, stated that his country does not oppose Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence. Kurdistan’s bid for independence has been discussed during ...

Six Major Arab Tribes in Zumar Back Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-19 19:16
ERBIL— Six major Arab tribes of Zumar district of Nineveh province voiced their support for the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum, due in September. Hassan Khlo, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) chief in Zumar, told BasNews on Wednesday that ...

Barzani Shows Map of Kurdistan in Europe Ahead of Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-07-19 16:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, as appears in a photograph, has shown a genuine map of Kurdistan to an European delegation ahead of a referendum on independence in September this year. The picture is said to have been taken recentl ...

Brother of PKK Leader Favours Independence Referendum in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-19 15:06
ERBIL — A brother of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has expressed his support for the independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, expecting over 90% "Yes" votes. Mohammed Ocalan said in an interview with Kurdis ...

US Envoy to UN Says US Respects Legitimate Aspirations of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
ERBIL — The US respects the “legitimate aspirations” of the Iraqi Kurds for independence, said the US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday in a meeting with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General to Iraq. However, the US official said an i ...

Barzani Shows Genuine Map of Kurdistan in Europe Ahead of Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-18 23:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, as appears in a photograph, has shown a genuine map of Kurdistan to a European delegation ahead of a referendum on independence in September this year. The picture is said to be taken recently during Bar ...

Kurdish Delegation to Visit Baghdad for Talks over Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
Financial and geographical issues will be discussed ERBIL — A senior Kurdistan Region delegation will soon be formed for talks with Baghdad over a range of topics, including the forthcoming referendum on Kurdistan’s secession from Iraq and other outstand ...

Kurdistan Foreign Minister Discussing Independence in Washington

BAS News - 2017-07-18 13:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Fallah Mustafa, is now in Washington DC, meeting with US officials to discuss the political and security developments in the region with the upcoming independence referendum on top o ...

Nineveh Arab Tribes Seeking to Join Kurdistan: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-07-18 11:51
ERBIL — The Arab tribes from Nineveh Plains are set to orchestrate demonstrations in support of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, and they are calling for the poll to include their areas. The tribes are also seeking to join the Kurdistan Region ...

Iran says Kurdish referendum 'wrong choice'

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
The independence referendum planned by the Kurdistan Regional Government is a wrong choice that would significantly undermine Iraqi and regional security, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, S ...

No Countries Oppose Referendum But Iran: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-17 11:20
ERBIL — Except the Islamic Republic of Iran, no other states oppose the independence referendum set to be held on 25th September this year, said a Kurdish official. “It is a suitable time for [holding] referendum as they could be no perfect time for such ...

Shi’ite Militia Threatening Failis over Kurdistan Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-16 18:19
ERBIL— Since Kurdistan Region authorities have announced plans for running the independence referendum, the Shi’ite militia of Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq is threatening Kurdish Faili minority in Baghdad, said an official on Sunday. Asra Faili, a senior member of ...

Referendum is a negotiating tactic: Nazim Dabbagh

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 08:56
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Tehran stated that the region’s planned independence referendum is really a negotiating tactic to pressure Baghdad into meeting promises on energy and power-sharing. ...

Kurdish vote against constitution: Iraqi ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 08:56
The Iraqi Ambassador to Iran, Rajeh Saber Abboud al-Moussavi, called the move by Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum and declare independence as unlawful and against the Iraqi constitution. ...

Ezidkhan Forces Commander Supports Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-15 16:10
ERBIL — Haidar Shasho, Commander of Ezidkhan Defense Units and Leader of Ezdi Democratic Party stated that they will support Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence, calling on the authorities in Erbil not to deprive their areas of the upcoming Sep ...
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