Baghdad - "The aim of holding the referendum is to prevent new disasters and wars," Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, referring to the impossibility of reversing the planned referendum on September 25.
"The constitution was the only guarantor of Iraq's unity," Barzani said in an interview with Al-Hayat newspaper. "We have lost the opportunity to maintain a unified Iraq.
Barzani justified the insistence on organizing the referendum despite the opposition of regional powers and America, saying: "We do not want to repeat the experience of a hundred years failed, full of tragedies, with the Iraqi state."
He pointed out that the results of the referendum "binding on us to start negotiations with Baghdad," pointing out that the Iraqi state is divided, which "violated the foundations of partnership and the Constitution, and the sectarian war exist, and there is sovereignty of the state."
Barzani was asked whether Kirkuk would turn into a spark of confrontation with the government of Haider al-Abadi. He replied: "We do not want confrontation anywhere, and we aspire to make Kirkuk a model of national, religious and sectarian coexistence."
Source: National Iraqi News Agency