Independence vote divides Kurdish groups

Mosul after liberation

Mosul after liberation

Also in July, the Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan al-Hayali denied news reports that he had threatened that the Iraqi army would interfere if the Kurdistan Region held a referendum and declared independence.

The council also called for immediate return of displaced people to their homes at the liberated areas, except for those wanted for the judiciary, and called for the deployment of the security forces of the central government across the province, including the disputed areas claimed by both the semi-autonomous Kurdish region and Baghdad, Daiyni said.

Speaker Salim al-Jabouri stated that the Iraqi MPs' vote on rejecting the referendum "shows the parliament's keenness on the unity of Iraq's land and people".

Iraq's parliament has rejected Kurdish plans to hold an independence referendum aimed at creating a Kurdish state in Iraq's nothern territory, a lawmaker announced on Tuesday.

The security officer said the women and children had mostly surrendered to the Kurdish Peshmerga near the northern city of Tal Afar, along with their husbands. "We would rather give up our own rights than to compromise the rights of the ethnic minorities that live here".

South Korea is working to confirm a media report that South Korean nationals might be among the families of Islamic State (IS) fighters now held by Iraqi forces, a foreign ministry official said Tuesday.

"This referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional", the resolution said, without specifying what measures the central government should take to stop Kurdistan from breaking away.

One member of parliament said, "Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session but the decision to reject the referendum was passed by a majority".

A breakdown for the vote was not immediately available.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is now bound to take the necessary measures that would preserve Iraqi unity and kick off serious dialogue to resolve pending issues between Baghdad and the Kurdish region, he added in a statement.

Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria oppose the idea of Iraqi Kurdish independence, fearing separatism could spread to their own Kurdish populations.

Bakhtiyar said that they want to calm the situation in Baghdad as he expected a second round of talks between the Kurdish and Iraqi political parties to discuss the Kurdish independence referendum. "Those who launch a war have to expect a response".

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