BAGHDAD — The Iraqi central government will not create obstacles on Kurdistan Region’s path towards holding the independence referendum, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Jafaari, said.
Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Ardalan Nouraddin, told BasNews they recently held a meeting with Jafaari, during which the Iraqi foreign minister made it clear that Baghdad cannot prevent the people of Kurdistan from the already-planned referendum.
Nouralldin quoted the senior Iraqi official as saying that he however would “feel pain” if the Kurds decide to secede.
Jafari also wished Baghdad and Erbil to find a solution to their disputes rather than insisting on Kurdistan’s statehood, even if the solution could be made through major amendments in Iraq’s constitution.
The Kurdistan Region has set an independence referendum for September 25th this year, with President Masoud Barzani already making it clear that there is “no turning back” in the decision.