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U.S. repeats opposition to an independent Kurdistan in Iraq 1.7.2014
U.S. repeats opposition to an independent Kurdistan in Iraq  1.7.2014

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US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki conducts her daily briefing for reporters on June 16, 2014 at the State Department in Washington. Photo:AFP
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WASHINGTON,— U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki said Monday that the U.S. is not supportive of an independent Kurdistan in Iraq and called for all countries to support efforts for unity.

As Iraq has been in the grip of terror stormed by militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on several key cities since early June, the partition of Iraq and the idea of an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq has been voiced more loudly.

"At this challenging and grave security, we think it's even more important that all parties - the Shia, the Sunni and the Kurds - remain united against the threat they face," Psaki said on the possibility of an independent Kurdistan.

Psaki stated that the U.S. has been aware of the aspirations of Kurds for independence and said the threat that the region faces requires unity and this is the reason that the U.S. has been emphasizing it so strongly.

As key US ally, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, called for an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq, while another ally, Turkey’s Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said that Turkey would never support a disintegrated Iraq, in respect to PM Netanyahu's statement regarding the establishment of a Kurdish State.

The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani has told the BBC on Monday that he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months. Massoud Barzani said that Iraq was in effect already partitioned.
Meanwhile the Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik has indicated that Turkey will recognize a Kurdish state in northern Iraq if the crisis-stricken country is divided, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

Israeli President Shimon Peres last Wednesday told U.S. president Barack Obama to support the independent and democratic de-facto state of the Kurds. Peres told Obama, don’t try to save Iraq as a single political unit: It’s a lost cause, unless you or anyone else is willing to invest massive military forces, which you’re not.

Concerning ISIS's declaration of restoring caliphacy, Psaki said that this declaration has no meaning to the people in Iraq and Syria but acts only to further expose the true nature of the organization and its desire to control people by fear.

"It emphasizes even more that this is a critical moment for the international community, for countries in the region, for all of the Iraqi people to unite against the threats that they face," said Psaki.

ISIS has gained a significant ground in Iraq and Syria since early June. From the borders of Jordan to the outskirts of Baghdad, ISIS militants have been influential.

Kurdish troops, the Peshmerga, protected the territories of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and took over the oil rich Kirkuk city as Iraqi army's line broke by ISIS militants.

During KRG President Massoud Barzani's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Barzani said that there is a new conjecture and a new Iraq which is being assesed as his will to declare independence.

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