June 9, 2017 / 9:18 AM / 9 months ago

Baghdad rejects Kurds' move to press for independence unilaterally

BAGHDAD, June 9 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government would reject any move by Kurdish regional authorities to press unilateraly for independence, a government spokesman said on Friday in Baghdad.

On Wednesday Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani announced that a referendum on Kurdish independence would be held on Sept. 25.

“No party can on its own decide the fate of Iraq, in isolation from the other parties,” spokesman Saad al-Haddithi said in a statement.

“Iraq is constitutionally a democratic, federal country with full sovereignty (..) Any measure from any side in Iraq should be based on the constitution,’’ Haddithi said. (Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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