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Kurds ready to pay any price for freedom, Barzani says, sticking by independence vote
September 22, 2017 / 3:34 PM / in a month

Kurds ready to pay any price for freedom, Barzani says, sticking by independence vote

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani said on Friday that Iraq’s Kurds were ready “to pay any price for freedom”, rejecting international pressure to call off the referendum on independence planned for Monday in northern Iraq.

FILE PHOTO: Iraq's Kurdistan region's President Massoud Barzani speaks during an interview with Reuters in Erbil, Iraq July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Addressing a rally in support of the vote in Erbil, the seat of the KRG, Barzani reacted to a United Nations Security Council statement that expressed on Wednesday concern over the potential destabilizing impact of the vote on Iraq.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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