On September 20, Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said at a public event in Suleiman city that there is “unfortunately no alternatives” offered by any side to replace the upcoming Kurdistan Region independence referendum on September 25.
“Referendum is to reach a sacred objective, that is independence,” Barzani said at the event.
Barzani also claimed that there will be post-independence talks with the Iraqi Federal Government backed by the international community to negotiate terms for Kurdistan leaving Iraq. Barzani claimed that such negotiation might take up to 2 years.
Barzani claims about a “post-independence negotiations” are not backed by any facts. It’s highly unlikely that the Iraqi Federal Government would agree to such negations to give the Kurdistan Region its independence now.
Some experts believe that, due the current worldwide support especially by Turkey and Iran, the Iraqi Federal Government may actually consider a military action against the newly formed Kurdish state.
In a related development, Saudi official told the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on September 20, that Saudi Arabia “looks to the wisdom of President Barzani in not holding the referendum”. By this Saudi Arabia joined other regional countries in standing against the upcoming referendum.
Moreover, the official warned that the referendum could lead to “negative consequences on the political, security and humanitarian fronts” in the region. The Saudi official called for negotiation between the Iraqi Federal Government and the Kurdistan Region Government to solve these issues.
With the US, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the Iraqi Federal Goverement all in the same front against the upcoming Kurdistan Region independence referendum, things for sure are getting harder for Barzani.