Haji added that Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani had already called on Kurdish political parties to nominate representatives to a joint committee engaged in independence efforts.
In late March, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to Barzani, told reporters that Kurdistan's president had informed the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about the referendum on gaining independence from Iraq "at the earliest time."
In early April, Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo Fadhil Mirani said that two special boards to prepare for the referendum would be established.
Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. In Iraq and Syria, the Kurds are fighting against the Daesh terror group, outlawed in Russia, while in Turkey they are engaged in a conflict with state authorities.
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