ERBIL— Lawmakers from the ruling party of Finland will defend holding the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region in the meeting of their party, the Center Party, said a lawmaker from the Kurdistan Parliament.
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official page reported on Friday that a delegation from Kurdistan Parliament, headed by the deputy for parliament speaker, Jaafar Eminki, is currently in Finland upon a call from Finnish parliament.
A member of the delegation, Tahsin Dolamari, said since their arrival in Helsinki on Tuesday they have been meeting with official and MPs from different parties in the country.
Dolamari described the meetings as important to reassure Finland that the timing for the independence referendum of Kurdistan is appropriate.
"Though they were not against the referendum, we were able to convince them that the timing of the vote is appropriate," Kurdish MP said, " They said they respect the will of the people of Kurdistan and even the ruling party MPs said they will take our message to the meeting of their party and defend it."
"Our visit was important because we could change the position of this country which is an influential state."
The delegation also demanded Finland to send its observers to oversee the process of referendum on September 25.
Finland has deployed more than 100 military trainers to help Kurdistan Peshmerga forces.
Dolmari stated they thanked the Finnish government for their military assistance and demanded that the country also helps in rehabilitation of the Yezidi women and children who were liberated from Islamic State (IS) captivity.