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U.S. special envoy encouraged that Kurds could embrace plan to delay referendum
September 14, 2017 / 5:00 PM / 11 days ago

U.S. special envoy encouraged that Kurds could embrace plan to delay referendum

A woman celebrates to show her support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Zakho, Iraq September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

ERBIL (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, on Thursday said he was encouraged that the Iraqi Kurdish leadership could embrace a plan to delay an independence referendum.

Moving forward with the referendum on Sept. 25 would be a “risky” move for Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region because there was no international support for it at this moment, McGurk said in a news conference.

Reporting by Raya Jalabi; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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