ERBIL— Kurdistan High Referendum Council on Wednesday called on the parties to speed up preparations for the independence referendum of Kurdistan, set for September 25 this year.
The council issued a statement Wednesday afternoon after meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, which included some recommendations.
The recommendations were suggested on the basis of the report of the recent visit and negotiations of Kurdistan referendum delegation with Iraqi officials, the foreign diplomats and the Iraqi political and religious leaders in Baghdad.
The Referendum Council appreciated the "united performance" of the delegation in Baghdad and recommended that negotiations with Baghdad over the referendum and their bilateral relations be continued.
The formation of committees and practical steps for holding the vote should be expedited and the media and potentials of political parties for supporting the vote should be coordinated, reads the statement.
Kurdistan High Referendum Council also voiced its support for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s reform packages and its efforts to improve the livelihood of the people of Kurdistan and monthly wages of the government employees.
The referendum council also stressed it acknowledges well the international position towards referendum and underlined the referendum does not affect the war against the Islamic State (IS) negatively. It also indicated for the war against the extremists the people of Kurdistan will remain at the frontlines and are ready for any assistance, coordination and dialogue with the coalition forces in this regard.
The participants in the meeting believe completely in "true partnership of the ethnic and religious components" in Kurdistan and support every guarantee for recognizing their rights, reads the statement.
The council also recommended that the creation of negotiating delegations to the neighboring countries and the western and European states be included in the agenda of council.
The participants to the meeting also agreed to hold a conference in Kurdistan in a near future for the scholars and intellectuals from the region and the Middle East to discuss in Arabic the principles of democracy and the right to self-determination.