Kurdistan Region independence referendum to go ahead, flag to continue flying in Kirkuk

Kurdish officials of the KDP and PUK meeting (File photo)

The meeting between the leading parties in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq has ended after three hours of deliberations.

Officials of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met in Pirmam town, north of Erbil, to discuss a possible independence referendum for the Kurdistan Region and escalating tensions in Kirkuk.

According to Rudaw, the parties concluded that the independence referendum is a national right of the Kurdish people and will be pursued.

In regards to the hoisting of the Kurdistan Region flag alongside the Iraqi flag in public buildings in Kirkuk, officials reportedly said it would not be taken down despite a vote against the move in Baghdad.

Ankara and Turkmen groups have also opposed the flying of the flag.