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Iraqi PM orders end of referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sep 19, IRNA -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued order to stop referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan.

According to CNN Arabic, al-Abadi in a Facebook post urged Iraq top court to stop holding referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Meanwhile, Iraqi President Fuad Masum also presented a plan for holding negotiations among leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad to solve referendum crisis.

President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani said on Sep 15 that he would not postpone the referendum regarding what he said was Baghdad's repeated failure in keeping its promises.

Therefore, Iraq's Kurdish parliament voted for the referendum hours after Barzani comments.

Three months ago, Iraqi Kurdistan and Kurdish parties in Iraq have decided to hold the referendum on September 25.

The decision triggered various reactions, mostly negative, both inside and outside Iraq, including by Iran and Turkey that said they oppose any change in the territorial integrity of the neighboring state.

Iraq shares borders with Iran and Turkey from its eastern and northern parts, respectively.

The referendum has been criticized by many regional countries and West, including Ankara, London and Washington.

The White House also in a statement on Sep 15 urged Iraqi Kurdistan to cancel referendum saying it is "distracting" from the military effort against terrorist group Daesh.

'The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS [Daesh] and stabilize the liberated area,' reads the statement appeared on the White House official website.

Iraqi Kurdistan independence has been only supported by the Zionist Regime.

Translator: Ali Izadi

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