Maliki says Iraq won’t allow creation of ‘second israel’ in country – Updated

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SULAIMANI – Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said Iraq will not allow the creation of a “second Israel” state in northern Iraq, calling for the prevention of Kurdistan independence referendum.

Maliki’s office released a statement on Sunday (September 17) saying VP met with U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman to discuss the latest development of security and political issues as well as Kurdistan Region’s referendum.

“Kurdistan independence referendum must be cancelled because it is unconstitutional and is not in the interest of Iraqis in general and the Kurds particularly,” Maliki said according to the statement.

“We will not allow the creation of second Israel in northern Iraq,” Maliki added.

He also warned during the meeting that the region’s referendum will invite risks to the country, calling for dialogue to resolve all the outstanding issues with the region in accordance with Iraqi constitution.

Kurdistan Region is set to hold the referendum on September 25 but Baghdad opposes it, with lawmakers voting to reject it. Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey, Iran and Syria, also oppose the referendum, fearing it could fan separatism among their own ethnic Kurdish populations.

The United States, Turkey and other Western powers have advised Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region to cancel the vote, worrying that tensions between Baghdad and Erbil would distract from the war on Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.


 

Iraq VP Warns against Second ‘Israel’ in Kurdistan

 September 17, 2017

Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki

An Iraqi vice president warned Sunday that Baghdad would not tolerate the creation of “a second Israel” after the Zionist entity became the only country to support a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.

The leaders of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan must “call off the (September 25) referendum that is contrary to the constitution and does not serve the general interests of the Iraqi people, not even the particular interests of the Kurds”, said Vice President Nuri al-Maliki.

“We will not allow the creation of a second Israel in the north of Iraq,” Maliki, a former prime minister, said at a meeting with US ambassador Douglas Silliman, in a statement released by the vice president’s office.

He warned that an independence vote would have “dangerous consequences for the security, sovereignty and unity of Iraq”, and called for dialogue between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government in the northern city of Arbil.

It is worth noting that an Israeli flag was flown alongside Kurdish flags at a rally in Arbil on Friday in support of the referendum.

SourceAFP

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