Kurdistan’s upcoming referendum meets icy reception in Europe

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Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Masoud Barzani‘s visit to Brussels last week, which was intended to drum up support for a referendum on Kurdish independence, did not produce the desired results. According to our sources, European diplomats told Barzani they were concerned that no representative of Jalal Talabani‘s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, KRG’s other major clan, had come with him to Brussels, which did not augur well for national agreement on the issue.

Europe and the US are reticent on Kurdish independence while Iran, the regional power involved in the Kurdish question, is also against holding a referendum. Talabani was in Iran last week, while Barzani was in Brussels, and heard this from Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Iranian parliament.

The only major backer of Kurdish independence is Israel, which closely cooperates economically and militarily with Erbil.