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Kurdistan

Baghdad gives Erbil three days to hand over control of airports

By Rudaw 26/9/2017
Erbil International Airport. File photo: Rudaw
Erbil International Airport. File photo: Rudaw
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi Council of Ministers has decided to bring the Kurdistan Region’s airports under the authority of the central government, giving Erbil three days to hand them over to Baghdad.
 
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the decision in his weekly news conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. If Erbil does not comply within the three days, Baghdad will close the airports, he asserted. 

“We decided to halt all airlines, travel, and the landing of planes from regional and world countries at Erbil and Sulaimani airports, and vice versa. The decision will be implemented within three days, by Friday,” at 6pm, Abadi said, adding they have contacted countries with regard to this. 

Humanitarian and emergency flights will not be affected provided they obtain prior approval from Baghdad. Domestic flights are not affected. 

Abadi also demanded all oil revenues of the Kurdistan Region to be returned to the control of federal authorities. 

He tweeted that those who want to “weaken” Iraq’s sovereignty have “miscalculated.”


Abadi stressed that the referendum will hurt Kurdistan and Iraq as a whole and his government will impose its authority according to the constitution.
 
“We will not extend our hand to touch the honor of Kurdish citizens,” Abadi added.
 
“The leaders of the Kurdistan Region didn’t listen to the calls for not holding the referendum and we will not hold discussions on its result,” Abadi said. 

Flights have been landing and taking off from both Erbil and Sulaimani airports, according to their respective websites. 



Latest flights in and out of Erbil International Airport, Tuesday evening. Screenshot: Erbil Airport website

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Argushi, USA | 26/9/2017
I would not even call him Mr? he is talking about constitution. What constitution in Iraq, that's a joke. they all Idiots and smart people like Kurds needs to stay away from theses Idiots. LONG LIVE KURDISTAN...LONG LIVE SAROK BARZANI..LONG LIVE PESHMERGA
Muraz Adzhoev | 26/9/2017
Let's see how Baghdad is going to implement its threats and consequences of its unwillingness to admit the absolutely predictable, but yet stunning results of the self-determination referendum and to recognize de-facto independence of reintegrated Southern Kurdistan. Did Baghdad forget about tens of thousands of foreigners who are working for much more than 50 diplomatic, economic and humanitarian missions of diffetent countries and international organizations, about thousands of foreign military forces of the US-led coalition, and about much possible counter-sanctions of Erbil?
sarwer | 26/9/2017
Who listen to Baghdad, even Abadi can not sort out the war in the arab parts in Iraq in the last many years nor any PM can doit, the clock is never back, Arab never appreciate all the efforts from Peshmarga. shame on Abadi: who do you think you are; you are nothing: The west can kick him out by one simple call, so behave: Kurds ignore any threats if any fights happen we are ready....
chris | 26/9/2017
Either Abadi would like to be sacked or he brainwashed by ISIS..Kurds is safest people on earth , this independent built better relationship with the neighbours and would a heaven for Arabs in Iraq as Iraq never been a safe place but Kurds prooved they can handle the conflict. so go to hell Abadi idiot
Chra | 26/9/2017
come and take them over
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