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KRG welcomes State Department statement on clashes between Peshmerga, Iraqi forces

By Rudaw 21/10/2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –The Kurdistan Regional Government has welcomed a statement from the US State Department published on Friday that calls on the two sides, Baghdad and Erbil, to coordinate their movements in the disputed areas, to begin dialogue, and stresses the status of the disputed areas according the Iraqi constitution.

The following is the full statement from the KRG:

On Friday October 20, 2017, the US State Department published a statement on behalf of the United States regarding the situation of the disputed areas, the clashes between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces in Pirde [Altun Kupri]. It urged the two sides to have dialogue in order to stop the tensions that took place in recent days between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces.

The Kurdistan Regional Government welcomes the content of the statement from the State Department. It also welcomes the immediate cessation of tensions and clashes between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces in the disputed areas, and agrees for the Coalition to coordinate the cessation of tensions and clashes between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces.

The Kurdistan Regional Government welcomes dialogue with Baghdad at the earliest time in the framework of the Iraqi constitution and without any preconditions.

Kurdistan Regional Government 

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FAUthman | 21/10/2017
Nobody explained the consequences of Brexit to the British people: French President Emmanuel Macron said. That is right.They did not do that in Brexit, Catalonia nor Kurdistan. But nobody in the first two had attacked the ordinary citizens with chemical weapons, obliterated thousands of villages, and had put children live in mass graves for two generations. Neither in those two was the vote for exit so overwhelming, 92.7%.
FAUthman | 21/10/2017
Resolve disputed territories in accordance with the constitution, Kurds have been asking for that for ten years! The statement above by the State Dept. is welcome news!
Soran Saber | 21/10/2017
I think the KRG did not anticipate the Iraqi Army to be this powerful. Coadministration of these areas would have been best result. The KRG should have accepted the offer of coadministration of these areas from Iraqi government. It is clear zeravani and pdk trooos were not ready or a match for a fight with Iraqi government without the coalition.
FAUthman | 21/10/2017
If Kurds could be guaranteed the 17% from total of Iraqs oil revenue which gets deposited in New York under Iraq Development Fund (IDF) through a direct transfer of these funds from New York to the Kurds, this may solve a big problem and will facilitate a very effective partnership between Arbil and Baghdad in increasing Iraq's export output of oil and gas! Payments to IOCs could come out of the 17% with the balance transferred to the Kurds.
EmilyFL | 21/10/2017
Words, words, words. Disable the US weaponry in Iranian-proxy-Iraq's hands immediately. Or admit you are siding with them, Trump. We know there are fail-safes built into these tanks and other weapons. Use them NOW. Stop just talking and waffling.
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