The Kurdish officials have stressed their proposals for a referendum on independence from Iraq in 2017.Politicians from the two main parties of the Kurdistan Regional Government – the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan – held a high-level meeting on Sunday (April 2) to discuss the initiative and launch an independent task force.
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) declared sovereignty and self-determination “the natural right of the nation of Kurdistan to determine its political and administrative course in a referendum and an independent state entity.”
“The two sides are charged through a joint joint committee to discuss this issue with the political and national parties in Kurdistan to form a joint committee to determine the timing and mechanism of holding a referendum,” the Kurdish news agency RODAO said.Kurdish President Massoud Barzani touched on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Arbil on Saturday to discuss the referendum.
Iraqi media reported that a Kurdish official attending the meeting said Guterres supported the initiative and that the United Nations and the United States would support their legitimacy. A UN press release after the meeting did not mention the independence of Kurdistan but stressed that Guterres said “international solidarity is vital” to improve the lives of Kurdish communities.
Although Kurdish nationalism has been politically ambitious since the late 19th century, the Kurds have not yet succeeded in establishing their state.After the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the end of the First World War, the Kurds split between Iraq, Turkey and Syria, and were a minority in each country.