UNAMI issues clarification on UN position on Kurdistan referendum

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Thursday issued a clarification on the position of the Organization of the referendum in the Kurdistan region, while calling on the governments of Baghdad and Erbil to negotiate and find solutions to address all issues through negotiations, especially dealing with the referendum.

"In reference to the error reported by the IRNA news agency on the response of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Jan Kubiš to a question concerning the position of the United Nations on the referendum declared by the authorities of the Kurdistan region of Iraq,

which the circulation The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) would like to provide the almost complete verbatim text of the response of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General as recorded by the Mission in response to questions from the representative of IRNA during a brief interview on 16 August 2017.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Kubic.

"Above all, the message from the Security Council and the leadership of the Secretariat is to both the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq for dialogue, negotiation and finding a solution or solutions that will address all the issues they have on the agenda through negotiations, In that how to deal with the question of the referendum. "

"We always say, because that's how we work on any issue, that the starting point should be full respect for the country's constitution and laws."

"The referendum in this region (Kurdistan region) is illegal," the official IRNA news agency quoted Kubic as saying. "The subject of the referendum has not been answered in the Iraqi constitution."