ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday urged the Iraqi House of Representatives to reconsider its vote against the independence referendum of Kurdistan.
In his speech delivered at a public campaign in Akre (Duhok) in support of the referendum, President Barzani stated "Iraqi government does not believe in partnership and has not been built up on partnership principle," Barzani remarked, warning there are intentions to deprive the people of Kurdistan from the achievements they have made.
He referred to the Iraqi House of Representative's vote on Tuesday against holding the referendum as a "very good" evidence that Iraq is applying the political majority principle.
For this, Barzabni made a comparison between the bill for Peshmerga budget from the federal government which has not been approved for 10 years and the Hashd a-Shaabi's budget bill which was sanctioned "within only two hours."
"Yesterday in the name of political majority, they stood against the will and existence of the of the people of Kurdistan. I tell them frankly to reconsider their decision because the willpower of the people of Kurdistan cannot be destroyed by them."
President Barzani reiterated that the Kurdistan Region is seeking peace, brotherhood and understanding with Baghdad.
"We want to reach an agreement and to stay brothers and become good neighbors [ with Baghdad]," he said.
Only 12 days are left for running the independence vote. Kurdistan authorities have stated upon the results of the vote they will launch talks with Baghdad for a gradual independence from Iraq.