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On Thursday, the Kurdish regional government said it had received an alternative plan for the referendum on independence in Kurdistan on September 25.

But two parties, the Movement for Change and the Islamic Group, boycotted the vote, which is the first in two years due to political disputes halting the regional parliament's activities.

Iraqi parliamentarians have rejected the legitimacy of the vote and the central government in Baghdad, which is strongly opposed to the move, has said it will do everything possible to keep the unity of the country intact.

McGurk said he was encouraged that Kurdish leaders could embrace an alternative plan focusing on dialogue between the Kurdistan region and Baghdad and a delay in the referendum.

Iraq's parliament on Thursday voted to dismiss the Kurdish governor of the ethnically mixed Kirkuk province, in a move that could escalate tensions ahead of a planned Kurdish referendum on independence. It is claimed by both the Kurds and the central government in Baghad.

The governor of Kirkuk was sacked by the federal parliament earlier this week over his support for a referendum.

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No alternative that can replace the independence referendum has been offered, KRG President Masoud Barzani said, and refused to postpone the independence referendum, one day after the USA, United Nations and the U.K. presented what they called an "alternative" in an effort to convince Irbil to postpone the vote.

McGurk said at a news conference in Irbil that Brussels, Washington, Paris, London and Baghdad had cooperatively developed an alternative plan to the contentious referendum.

The US and its Western allies have expressed concern that the vote could cause new conflicts in the region and distract from the war on Daesh, who continue to occupy parts of Iraq and Syria.

"There's an alternative on the table".

IS in Iraq is on the verge of defeat, with Iraqi forces, backed by the USA -led coalition, recapturing most of the areas once controlled by the terror group. Baghdad said the troops were there without permission and called on them to withdraw. US -backed Iraqi forces recently crushed IS fighters in Tal Afar in a swift 11-day battle, and they now are preparing to attack IS's last major stronghold of Hawija in Kirkuk province.



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