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Women show their ink-stained fingers during Kurds independence referendum in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

London – People’s Protection Units (YPG) will support the Kurdish people in Iraqi Kurdistan in the event of any aggression despite disagreements with the President of Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani, according to Chairman of Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Chairman of Democratic Federal System for Rojava – Northern Syria, Hadiya Yousef announced on its Twitter account that all crossing points on northern Iraq will be open for Kurdistan region adding that Syrian Kurd will be supportive in case the region was under attack or siege.

Both the Rojava and PYD do not agree with Barzani, however, Muslim believes that referendum is a natural right for anyone.

Several officials of PYD believe that the referendum is an escape forward policy. A field commander stated that they fear Kurds will face the same destiny as Armenian people; to win a land and lose the cause.

Muslim, however, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that despite the disagreements, if Kurdish people needed help, they will offer assistance and the YPG stands with Iraqi Kurds against any aggression.

Kurdistan’s referendum coincided with the elections in the Federal System for Rojava – Northern Syria.

Muslim said that the Federal System was pleased with the turnover where about 740,000 people elected.

The Democratic Union is the most prominent party at the Federal System.

US special envoy for anti-ISIS operations Brett McGurk commented on the elections saying the areas regained from ISIS will be under the control of local people who know the area until a long-term political settlement had been reached.

Informed sources reported that Iran, Russia, and Turkey had been coordinating to establish a de-escalation agreement for Afrin, north Aleppo.

A Kurdish official informed Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that military officials from Russia, Turkey, and Iran met with regime officials in al-Bab city within the Euphrates Shield’s area controlled by Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army.

The official stated that the meetings could lead to an agreement between all four parties against the Iraqi Kurds.

Turkey had rejected any direct contact with the regime in Damascus, however, it discusses Syrian matters with officials in Tehran and Moscow, Syria’s allies.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to discuss the Kurdish referendum and coordination against it with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has rejected the independence referendum describing it as “unacceptable,” saying Damascus only recognized a unified Iraq.

“We reject any action that leads to the fragmentation of Iraq,” he said.

Syrian state news agency SANA quoted Muallem as saying on Sunday that Damascus “does not recognize anything but a unified Iraq.”

The Foreign Minister said that this step is unacceptable and is not recognized by Syrian government adding that he had discussed his government’s position with Iraq’s foreign minister.