BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric, issued a statement on Sunday that rejected the recent Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq.

“The Secretary-General believes that any unilateral decision to hold a referendum at this time would detract from the need to defeat ISIL, as well as the much-needed reconstruction of the regained territories and the facilitation of a safe, voluntary and dignified return of the more than three million refugees and internally displaced people,” the Dujarric’s statement read.

“The Secretary-General respects the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Iraq and considers that all outstanding issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government should be resolved through structured dialogue and constructive compromise,” the statement continued.

This statement comes just days after the Kurdish Parliament issued an independence referendum that was set for September 25th.

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AFAIK Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière is the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General and a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. So it is fairly official UN opinion published by an US trained UN career politician.

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This is not UN rejecting KRG independence, it’s the secretary general giving his advice on the subject!
Remember that according to art.80 of UN charter, UN has NO SAY in the creation of new countries! UN simply can’t reject such event, he’s simply pointing it’s not a good timing at all to do it now and he’s right about this!
Note also that UN can’t create countries too, they also can’t discuss borders…

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