Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir, KRG Foreign Relations Minister

Kurdistan's top diplomat spells out what the U.S. and other allies must offer for KRG leaders to consider postponing their impending independence referendum.
Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir, KRG Foreign Relations Minister
Falah Bakir Mustafa, Head of the Kurdistan region's Department of Foreign Relations. (Photo credit: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

NEW YORK - Even as Iraqi Kurdish leaders press forward toward their Sept. 25 independence referendum - holding large rallies and stirring nationalism among their citizens - they are leaving a door open for postponement.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has so far rejected a proposal by the U.S., UK and UN to broker negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad, citing a long history of hollow promises and betrayal from the international community.

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