U.S. «deeply disappointed» with the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Vinogradova in photomontaging poster calling to come to the polling stations to vote in the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan from Baghdad, to Erbil. Archival photoU.S. «deeply disappointed» with the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Vinogradova to the photobank

The U.S. state Department expressed «deep disappointment» in connection with the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, which, according to Washington, could lead to instability in the region.

Earlier it was reported that, according to preliminary figures, the referendum was attended by about 80% from the 5.2 million Kurds included in the voter lists.

«The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdish regional government decided to hold a unilateral referendum on independence, including in areas outside of Iraqi Kurdistan. Historical U.S. relations with the people of Iraqi Kurdistan will not change in light of today’s referendum, but we believe that this step will increase the instability and difficulties for the Kurdistan region and its people», — reads the statement of the state Department.

The Ministry reiterated the view that the referendum will «greatly complicate» relations of the Kurdistan regional government with the government of Iraq and with neighbouring States.

«We believe that all parties should participate constructively in the dialogue to improve the future of all Iraqis. The United States opposes violence and unilateral actions by any party to change the border,» the statement reads.

In addition, the state Department pointed out that the fight against grouping «Islamic state»* still not finished, and «extremist groups seek to exploit instability and strife.»

The state Department also confirms that the United States supports a «United, Federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq» and will continue «to seek ways to assist Iraqis in meeting their aspirations in the framework of the Constitution.»

The authorities of the Autonomous region Iraqi Kurdistan unilaterally call a referendum on secession from Iraq on September 25. Baghdad called the referendum violated the Constitution, was opposed by the Parliament and the Supreme court. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the Iraqi authorities are ready to steps to preserve the integrity of the country, particularly military intervention, if the referendum would lead to violence.

The referendum was criticized by many countries, including the United States, the Arab League and Iraq’s neighbors — Turkey and Iran — have their own Kurdish community. Iran has closed the flights to Iraqi Kurdistan at the request of Baghdad and held at the border military exercises.

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has previously stated about the Kurdish referendum that the legitimate aspirations of the Kurds must be implemented peacefully and within international law. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Russia stands for the integrity of the middle Eastern countries.

*Banned in Russia as a terrorist organization

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