ERBIL— The delegations which were expected to discuss independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region with the regional countries and the West, before holding the vote, will instead negotiate statehood measures with them.
In a statement to BasNews on Wednesday, Mohammed Saadaddin, a member of the Senior Referendum Council, stated the delegations to the foreign countries will commence their mission after holding the independence vote on 25th September.
Following the vote, "We will set the stage for building the infrastructure of the new state and will also launch diplomatic talks with the world for independence of Kurdistan," remarked Saadaddin, the leader of the Turkmen Development Party.
He explained settling some political issues in Kurdistan and reactivating its suspended parliament was time-consuming and forced them to change the plan for the delegations.
The Senior Referendum Council, which will assign the delegations, also lost too much time waiting for Baghdad's response, Saadaddin added.
In mid-August the referendum council stayed for one week in Baghdad to reach an agreement with the Iraqi politicians, religious leaders and authorities over the referendum.
The representatives in the referendum council labeled the first round of talks with Baghdad as "constructive" and "positive".
However, on Tuesday Iraqi House of Representatives rejected the plans for the independence vote and a number of MPs today collected 100 signatures to oust the Kurdish born Iraqi President Fuad Masum.
The Senior Referendum Council is expected to arrive in Baghdad early next week for the second round of talks amid escalating tensions over the referendum.