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UK urges Erbil to engage ‘constructively’ in dialogue with Baghdad in post-referendum phase

By Rudaw 30/9/2017
President Masoud Barzani hosts British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon on September 18. Photo: KRP
President Masoud Barzani hosts British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon on September 18. Photo: KRP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon urges dialogue between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad in a letter he sent to Kurdish President Masoud Barzani amid continued tough measures Baghdad has taken in response to the independence referendum.

“Now that the referendum has taken place, I would urge you to engage constructively with Baghdad and your other neighbors and strive for a mutually agreeable solution in a measured and calm manner,” read the letter Fallon sent to President Barzani on Saturday, according to the Kurdistan Regional Presidency.

Fallon, in part of his letter urges continued coordination between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi armed forces on the ground in the fight against ISIS.

The Secretary hailed the importance of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their part in the fight against ISIS.

He also thanked Barzani for his welcome during his visit to the Kurdistan Region on September 18 when the British Secretary had called on the Kurdistan Region to delay the referendum but Barzani refused saying no alternative back then had been presented to guarantee independence talks.

The United Kingdom has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the independence referendum vote, mainly citing fears that it may negatively affect the war against ISIS in which the Peshmerga have played a central role.

After 92.73 percent of voters chose independence for Kurdistan in Monday’s referendum, Baghdad has rejected the result and issued a series of orders to ban flights, shut the borders, close foreign representations, assert control over oil exports, and deploy troops to disputed areas. 

The measures were slammed and rejected by the Kurdish authorities.

Both Erbil and Baghdad are accusing the other of acting illegally and contrary to the constitution.


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Muraz Adzhoev | 30/9/2017
British diplomacy is beyond the competence of the Defence Secretary Fallon, who most likely is not well aware of the real situation in deadly failed and absolutely sectarian Arab islamic pro-Iranian Iraq.
Aram | 30/9/2017
Dialogue is communication or discussion between people or groups of people such as governments or political parties. How can you start a dialog with someone which not interested in any conversations? The corrupted Shia government already decided to use Sadam policy. You cannot have a dialog with a religious fanatics that has backward and racist view as way of life.
Musa | 30/9/2017
The referendum has taken place and nothing has negatively effected the war against ISIS. Kurdistan has repeatedly said it's open to dialogue but the Iraqi government is refusing to sit and talk.
Jamal | 30/9/2017
Kurdistan has never resorted to violence and even never called for it. It is Baghdad that has started starvation measures and taken all steps that Saddam's did not have in his hands. They have even asked Turkey and Iran to take part in not only blockading the Kurdish nation but also showing then, the Kurds choice to live, is only and only to live as subordinates of the Mullas of Iran as they are also running Baghdad by proxy and the Turkish government. Let the good world, if they claim to be good, act positively and respect the will of the vast majority of Kurdistanis in their peaceful expression of their desire to be independent. Let a new era of good neighbourhood start if they want the entire Middle East to see some stability.
guest worker | 30/9/2017
Why do these foreign delegations keep mentioning "dialog" as if it was something we are refusing? Before during and after the referendum the entire Kurdish leadership have repeatedly said that they want dialog with Baghdad and are ready to discuss ANY issue without any preconditions. Baghdad has refused refused and refused! Are you telling me that they don't know this? they're making these stupid statements so they can say that they "tried" later on, or if it works out they can say that they "played a role"

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