TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Supreme committee for the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan Region declared dispatch of a new delegation to Baghdad to resume talks on the referendum for independence amid the international and regional opposition to the idea, Al Mayadeen TV Network reported.
Al Mayadeen network reported that the delegation plans to start new round of talks with Baghdad about the referendum.
Also, former Iraqi MP Mahmoud Othman told Arab News on Sunday that a Kurdish delegation will travel to Baghdad to assess what is on offer from the Iraqi government.
“Only after studying the various options will the Kurdish leadership be able to make a decision on postponing it,” former MP Mahmoud Othman said.
He noted, “There are ongoing contacts between the Kurdish leadership and Baghdad and we will see final results in the next two days.”
“With so much pressure from Baghdad, the US, Turkey and Iran, it will not be easy to go ahead with the vote. The Kurds will have to rethink their position.”
He said the Kurds were in a difficult position and the leadership was to blame for not having studied the pros and cons before deciding to go ahead with the referendum.
“They did not anticipate the massive opposition to the referendum decision; they should have thought about how the major countries would respond. Obviously the Kurdish leadership did not do that.”
This is the second Kurdish delegation that visits Baghdad to discuss referendum on independence. First delegation was dispatched on mid-August.
Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said on Friday the referendum would go ahead as planned on September 25. The Iraqi Kurdistan region’s ruling party decision to hold referendum for statehood was rejected by the Iraqi central government, the country neighbors and also the UN and world powers.
In response to Barzani insistence on referendum for independence, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Associated Press in an interview on Saturday that Kurdish authorities are “playing with fire” by planning to hold a referendum on the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Iran has also warned about the consequences of referendum and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told state TV on Sunday that “Iran definitely recognizes only the united, integrated and federal government of Iraq.”
Meantime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports Iraq's stance on territorial integrity and has warned the Kurdish regional government against holding a referendum on independence.
The Iraqi Kurds’ call for independence was not also welcomed by the world powers, including the US, and also the international bodies, including the United Nations, and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Sunday that any dispute between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan regional government should be resolved through dialogue and "constructive compromise".
Guterres said "any unilateral decision to hold a referendum at this time would detract from the need to defeat ISIL".
The referendum on whether to secede from Iraq is planned to be held on September 25 in the three governorates that make up the Kurdish region and in the areas that are disputed by the Kurdish and Iraqi governments but are currently under Kurdish military control.
The disputed areas include the key oil-rich province of Kirkuk.
The KRG has long been embroiled in disputes with the Iraqi federal government over budget payments, oil exports and control of ethnically-divided areas.