The Secretary-General of the Iraqi National Congress, Mr. “Aras Habib Kaream”, and his accompanying delegation, concluded on Thursday evening, June 15, 2017, their visit to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk, that started on Sunday evening, June 11, 2017, in which during it, they held a several meetings with leaders, personalities and Kurdish parties chiefs.
While the delegation of the Iraqi National Congress showed during its dialogue tour, on the importance of maintaining contact with the Kurdish parties, and reaffirming the Iraqi National Congress adherence in the aspirations and hopes of our Iraqi people in all their spectrums, and harnessing all of its potentials and energies to coordinate the situations, and heal the rift in the patriotic plural, in order to strengthening the positive cooperation in a civil state that evident prevails the freedom, law prevails and equality, within the framework of a constitutional, parliamentary, democratic, federal system.
The delegation of the Iraqi National Congress found a high positive spirit by the Kurdish parties leaders, sincerely looked forward to the continuation of the joint work that we all seek, noting that the leaders and officials of Kurdish parties and movements have expressed their desire to hold a referendum which through it the Kurdish citizen can express his opinion on the issue of right self-coordination, explaining the motives and historical, political, social, security and economic reasons for its conduct, taking into consideration the political positions in the Center, the region, the province and the world.
The Iraqi National Congress delegation stressed that his position starting from his commitment and the commitment of all the Iraqi political forces to respect the right to self-determination, which safeguarded by the conventions, international laws and humanitarian norms, and agreed on establishing a parliamentary democratic political system in Iraq, and this is what makes the Iraqi National Congress call to express their understanding to the desire of expressing the right of self-determination, with the need to associate and interdependent and coincided with a clear and obvious advertising to available the will and the full readiness of the Kurds brothers to discuss and negotiate in order to agree on solutions and a realistic processors to the outstanding problems, whether inside the province or with the Iraqi political forces or with the center, basing his vision of these achievements and the huge successes that been achieved on fighting and confronting the terrorist gangs in the province of Nineveh, thanking to the understanding and agreement and coordination between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces.
The delegation of the Iraqi National Congress pointed out to the necessity of the Kurdish brothers initiative in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as soon as possible to take the necessary actions and initiatives to consolidate and bring the internal situation in the region closer to the referendum, pointing to the importance of the Kurdish brothers starting to intensify contacts and discussions with the Center and other political and social forces and religious authorities and minorities, and clearing what their vision and effects and reasons for conducting the referendum, stressing that the step of the referendum stands at the desire limits to enable the Kurdish citizens to express their views by the right-determination.
The delegation of the Iraqi National Congress expressed the importance of the will – and under the most difficult circumstances – to conduct the referendum in a peaceful atmosphere, and avoid any undesirable repercussions, God forbid, revealing that the subject of independence was not discussed, due to what dimensions that any party or authority or power can deal with it individually, under any circumstances or conditions.
The Iraqi NationalCongress
June 21, 2017