“We said before, but the time is now late for that, that if there was a better and more guaranteed alternative in place of referendum ...
then we welcome that.
But nobody did that.
Nobody brought a better alternative,” Barzani told people in the Nineveh Plains attending an event in support of the referendum.
Earlier in the day, senior Kurdish official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said that they believe the Kurdish leadership should take the “alternative” offered by the US, UK, and UN “very seriously," an indication that the PUK takes a different view from President Masoud Barzani who described the offer as not sufficient enough.
”We from the PUK believe that the alternative should be taken very seriously,” Mala Bakhtiyar told reporters in Sulaimani.
He said the Kurdish leadership is going to have “important” meetings over two days to study the joint offer.
Bakhtiyar explained his party and other officials are yet “to get know to know the content of the alternative ...
to look at what guarantees are there to in fact implement the alternative,” the PUK official continued.
He added the “alternative is to solve problems in Iraq, not to take a seat at the United Nations.”
Bakhtiyar concluded that the alternative “with full consent of the Iraqi government” should make sure that all outstanding issues are solved, the constitution of Iraq upheld, and democracy respected.
He said they do not want the talk to be confined to merely financial incentives.
President Barzani received the joint offer from the US, UK, and UN on Wednesday.
His office said it will be studied by Kurdish leadership, and then responded to very soon.
This is a developing story...