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UN offers mediation efforts to end Kurdistan independence crisis

UN is to mediate to end Kurdistan independence crisis
The UN has offered to mediate to end Erbil-Baghdad crisis after Kurdistan had held the Region independence referendum, The Independent quoted Iraqi Foreign Ministry as saying.

Almost 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds who took part in the referendum voted for independence and a formal split from Baghdad to form an autonomous Kurdish region.

The decision to hold the referendum was met with anger by the Iraqi government, which denounced it as “unconstitutional”, and Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi demanded Kurdish authorities “cancel” the referendum and the results.

Jan Kubis, the most senior UN envoy in Iraq, made the offer to mediate at a meeting with Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari in Baghdad, the ministry said in a statement.

Baghdad plans to impose punitive measures on the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) in retaliation for holding the vote. It has given the KRG until Friday to hand over control of its international airports or face a ban on direct international flights to and from the Kurdish region. 

“We won't have a dialogue about the referendum outcome,” Abadi told parliament. “If (KRG) want to start talks, they must cancel the referendum and its outcome.”
Last Modified: Sunday، 01 October 2017 02:19 PM
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