Kurdistan Region has to cancel independence referendum results as a precondition to enter into a serious dialogue with Baghdad to preserve Iraq’s unity, Saad al-Hadithi, spokesperson of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s media office revealed Monday.
In a statement, Saad al-Hadithi called on Kurdistan Region to reaffirm its commitment to the constitution and Federal Court decisions.
The region has to end escalation and provocation in areas it has seized, he added.
On Sunday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced that it is ready to engage in serious negotiations with the Iraqi government.
Overwhelming, votes were in favor of seceding from Iraq in a referendum Baghdad considers unconstitutional.
The referendum was held last week despite intense international pressure to call it off, amid fears that it would spark fresh conflicts with Baghdad and with Iraq’s powerful neighbors, Iran and Turkey.