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Agreement on disputed areas in Nineveh ends Erbil-Baghdad crisis

A Peshmerga soldier in a district in Nineveh

Baghdad-Erbil crisis has come to an end by reaching a peaceful agreement on the management of disputed areas in Nineveh Governorate, a military source confirmed Sunday.  


In a statement, a commander in the Iraqi army said that the commanders of the Iraqi army and Peshmerga reached a peaceful agreement to end Baghdad-Erbil crisis over the Peshmerga-controlled districts in Nineveh. 

Under the agreement, co-management will be implemented in some districts while others will be peacefully handed over to the Iraqi Army, he added.

On Saturday, it was reported that the Iraqi Army and Peshmerga forces commanders began a meeting at Nineveh's operations command headquarters. 

Talks were held between Kurdistan and Iraq on Saturday. Iraqi chief of staff General Othman al-Ghanimi said a noticeable advance had been achieved in talks with Kurdish fighters after days of clashes between both sides in Kirkuk and other areas.

The talks held in central Nineveh came a day after PM Haider Abadi had ordered a 24-hour truce.

However, Ghanimi said there were still “sticking points” that need to be resolved. 

Tensions between Erbil and Baghdad over the future of Kurdistan have been high since the Kurds voted for independence in a September referendum.

The crisis also has escalated after the incursion of the Iraqi forces and IMIS that followed afterwards against Kirkuk that led to the displacement of thousands of Kurds and Sunni Muslims.

Last Modified: Sunday، 29 October 2017 01:23 PM