Iraq Kurdistan independence referendum planned


The leader of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan has told that

he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months.

Masoud Barzani said that Iraq was in effect already partitioned.

He said that while the Kurds would play a part in a political solution to the country's crisis, independence was what he described as their natural right.

Iraq's parliament meanwhile meets for the first time since April's elections and in the midst of a major insurgency.

It faces the task of creating a unified government to deal with the escalating political crisis.

Huge swathes of northern Iraq are now in the hands of Sunni insurgents, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) militants, who have declared an Islamic

caliphate in their newly conquered territories.