Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region leaders have proposed to postpone application in their independence referendum in September in an effort to “act responsibly to prevent further violence” in relation to the military response from the Iraqi government to vote, says the statement.
Iraqi soldiers, along with the Iranian-backed Shiite paramilitary, took over the then Kurdish allies in the fight against the EIIS response to a referendum, most of the favourite demise of Iraq. Baghdad, Iran and Turkey have strongly criticized the vote. Shortly after pleading Baghdad with the International Kurdish Terrestrial Government (KRG) as part of a series of measures.
“When Iraq and Kurdistan face serious and dangerous circumstances, they are all obliged to behave responsibly in order to avoid more violence and conflict between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces,” the Kurdistan Regional Government or KRG said in a statement.
Kurds have abandoned control of Kirkuk’s multiethnic city after Iraqi government forces during the ISIS 2014 offensive.
Iraqi Kurdistan and the Great Kirkuk province, about 1/6 to 1/4 of Iraq’s oil reserves, with several key oil fields around the city of Kirkuk. Iraq has one of the largest oil reserves in the world.
According to the Kurdistan Region Security Council, at least 100,000 people are displaced.
KRG’s statement dated October 24th hit the current ceasefire and ceased all military operations in Iraqi Kurdistan, freezing referendum results and beginning dialogue between Kurdish and Iraqi authorities.
The Iraqi federal government has yet to respond to the KRG proposal
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday that his soldiers must respect Kurdish citizens, but he wanted to make it clear that the body was resting with the central government.
“When we entered Kirkuk, we will send a clear message that citizens should be treated with respect (…), but it should not be the federal government in Iraq,” Abadi said.