Negotiation with KRG is conditional, says PM Abadi

October 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Voting in progress in Kirkuk for Kurdistan referendum (photograph: Dyar Talib, 25 September)

Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi has three preconditions in order to negotiate with the the Kurdish leadership follwoing the controversial referendum on September 25.

In a statement on Monday,  the prime minister’s office announced three pre conditions for the negotiations to start with the officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

“The outcome of the referendum must be annulled and end the tension that the KRG is casuing in some areas,” read the statement. “Kurdistan region must abide by the orders and decisions of the Iraqi federal court.”

The spokesperson said that that the KRG should annul the referendum outcome and enter a genuine negotiation with Baghdad to strengthen the territorial integrity of Iraq.

This statement comes after the Iraqi government and the national parliament issued some measures against the the KRG including the ban on flights, handing over the control of the land border crossing, halting the export of oil, deploying force to the disputed territories and investigating the officials of the KRG.

The KRG however has rejected the parliament and the federal government decisions.

On 26th of September, one day after the referendum in which nearly 93% voted yes to separate from Iraq, Masoud Barzani called on the officials in Baghdad not to close the doors of dialogue.


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