Artsakh welcomes independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Republic of Artsakh has welcomed the referendum of independence in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“We welcome the holding of a referendum on the independence of Iraqi  as an act of realization of the right of peoples to self-determination and independently choosing their own path of development enshrined in the UN Charter and in a number of fundamental international documents,” the Artsakh Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We hope that the situation, which has developed as a result of the referendum, will be settled by peaceful means taking into account the need to maintain stability and security in the region,” the statement reads.

People voted in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Monday.

Polling took place in the three provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by the Kurds and the government in Baghdad.

Turnout was estimated at about 72%, according to the electoral commission. Unofficial results show that more than 90% voted for independence.

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