Iraqi Kurdistan consults Russia, UN on observers at independence referendum

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The authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan would like UN representatives to monitor the referendum on independence, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Russia Hoshawi Babakr told Sputnik on Friday.

“Now an attempt is underway to appeal to the UN, so that representatives observe the referendum, so that it is held in a more legitimate manner, so its organisation is a little delayed,” Babakr said.

Iraqi Kurdistan is also consulting with Moscow, including the Russian Foreign Ministry, about sending Russian observers to the referendum on independence, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Russia Hoshawi Babakr said.

“Preparations for the referendum are held in consulates, missions (of Iraqi Kurdistan) in other countries, including Russia. We are in constant contact with the Russian Foreign Ministry for Russian observers to be sent to the referendum,” the representative said.

Talk about an independence referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq is not new. Opposition parties and critics of the main power-holding party, the KDP, say that it is using the possibility of a referendum as a political tool to subdue the people who are increasingly feeling annoyed at the stumbling economy and debilitating political rivalry in the region.