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Abadi rejects talks unless referendum results cancelled, Kurds insist on dialogue

By Rudaw 2/10/2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Photo: AP
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi refused on Monday to hold talks with the Kurdistan Region unless it cancels the results of last week's referendum which saw a 92-percent vote for independence.
“The Kurdistan Region has to cancel the result of the unconstitutional referendum and then engage in serious dialogue with Baghdad to strengthening the integrity of Iraq,” said Abadi’s media office in an announcement.
This statement from the Iraqi premier come a day after the Political Leadership of Kurdistan rejected all calls for the cancellation of the September 25 referendum which they call people's legitimate right.

“Depending on peaceful mechanisms, no threat or pressure could force the Kurdistan nation to withdraw from the decision they made on September 25, 2017,” read a statement from the the Kurdistani leadership.

 Erbil also said in a separate announcement that it welcomed an “initiative” from Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who had last week called on Iraqi authorities to respect Kurdistan’s rights and urged officials in the Kurdistan Region to resolve the two sides outstanding problems.
Baghdad has responded harshly against the Kurdistan Region by imposing a flight ban on the region's two international airports and vowing to block all land borders.

The Kurds for their part refuse to back down and suggest that both sides should engage in peaceful dialogue instead.


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Marteen | 2/10/2017
sarwer | 2/10/2017
Do you know as well Abaddi is most stupid facist idiot,he lives in the Quraish time; wake up idiot from that time till now alot change wheather you accept it or not with your friends Ardogan today and your yesterday no1 enemy, it is ypur idiologic facist Baath issue; We are prepare for war if you wish scarey child, long live Kurds and Kurdistan. we shoukd kick out all arab refugee in Kurdistan which is become heaven to them.
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/10/2017
If Baghdad "rejects talks unless referendum results cancelled", then Erbil has nothing but to declare sovereign independence of united and reintegrated Southern Kurdistan from deadly failed and hostile Iraqi Arab Islamic federation, freely established in 2005, but failed "union".
Ashti | 2/10/2017
Hahahahahaha joke of the day!
IvanZ | 2/10/2017
How do you cancel liberty?

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