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Kurdish PM, US ambassador discuss need for calm post-referendum

By Rudaw 3/10/2017
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (R) met with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman (L) on Tuesday. Photo: KRG
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (R) met with US Ambassador Douglas Silliman (L) on Tuesday. Photo: KRG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan’s prime minister and the US ambassador to Iraq called for efforts to calm the situation between Erbil and Baghdad following Kurdistan’s independence referendum. 

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Ambassador Douglas Silliman on Tuesday. US Consul in Erbil, Ken Gross, also attended the meeting. 

“Both parties agreed that local and international parties should try to calm the situation and serious dialogue should be held between Erbil and Baghdad in order to resolve the problems,” read a statement issued by Erbil after the meeting. 

The US opposed Kurdistan’s referendum and has refused to recognize the result, calling the vote “destabilizing.” The US is concerned about detracting from the war against ISIS and stabilization efforts in Iraq. 

After the vote, the Kurdish leadership has expressed their willingness to engage in dialogue with Baghdad with the aim of achieving independence. Leaders in Iraq, however, have said Erbil must negate the results prior to agreeing to talks, an ultimatum Kurds have refused to agree to, leaving the two governments at an impasse.

Baghdad has enacted a number of measures against Kurdistan, including shutting the airports to international flights and ordering the deployment of troops to disputed areas.

A State Department spokesperson said that the US would help facilitate conversations between Erbil and Baghdad, but only if asked. 


duroi | 3/10/2017
With these people in Baghdad and Tehran you need to talk their language. Look them straight in the eyes and tell them خشتکتون پاره ست if you cross the limit حد and then they will yellow their pants and don't mess with you. The HAD doctrine conveyed that straight talk, and they didn't mess with the referendum process.
FAUthman | 3/10/2017
What is the most dangerous thing that can happen to Kurds in Iraq. Two things 1- US passivity and indifference to settling Baghdad/Arbil relations. 2- Russia decides to back Baghdad and transfer its oil deals with the Kurds to the central government in Baghdad. These two possible developments, as long as they do not happen, Kurds will be OK!
Guest | 4/10/2017
Negating how people feel isn't a possibility. The purpose of the referendum was to allow the people of Kurdistan the opportunity to directly participate in the government process and express how they feel about Kurdistan's continuing relationship with Iraq. Nobody can negate how anyone feels. The leadership in Iraq has been making this same mistake, time and time again, thinking they can disregard the Iraqi people's input. This is why the people of Kurdistan no longer want the Kurdistan government to be a part of the Iraqi government system.
Hawar | 4/10/2017
Kurds should look for reliable allay in rani days not leave you alone. Look at Russia in Syria although majority of west were against Syria but Russia never left Syria alone. let hand over Maliki and Hashd to become US partner and congratulate them too.
Hawar | 4/10/2017
The latest position of US toward Kurdistan Referendum is proving that not only they do not helping Kurd but they backing of Iraqi Sectarian shia government and the most recent In NEW York they did not allow Peshmara Film go to stage by creating fake treat by ISS, that was not good excuse.

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