Iraqi government measures in favor of Kurds: Abadi

Iraqi government measures in favor of Kurds: Abadi

Iraq's Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence in September in defiance of the central government in Baghdad, which had declared the referendum illegal.

Iraqi Kurdish authorities said Tuesday they will respect a Supreme Court decision banning secession.

According to the statement released by the Iraqi presidency after a meeting with Douglas Silliman, the USA ambassador to Baghdad, Masoum said that the success of security forces against Daesh stemmed from Iraqis' resolution to live together in a free, democratic and peaceful country.

The ruling responded to a request from the Iraqi government in Baghdad to put an end to any "misinterpretation" of the constitution and to "assert the unity of Iraq", a court spokesman said last week.

In the weeks following the poll, Iraqi government forces moved into several parts of the country "disputed" between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG, including the oil-rich Kirkuk province. Its decisions can not be appealed, though it has no mechanism to enforce its ruling in the Kurdish region. These areas lie outside of the Kurdish region and are claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

The vote also raised hackles in neighboring Turkey and Iran, which have their own Kurdish minorities.

Important: Clear #KRG statement respecting Iraqi Supreme Court's recent decision interpreting Article 1 of the Iraqi constitution and calling for dialogue to resolve all disputes on the basis of the constitution.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seeking to up the pressure in a stand-off with Iraq's Kurdish region, said on Tuesday he would act soon over border areas under Kurdish control but predicted his government's forces would regain them without violence.

But on Monday, Mr Barzani accused Baghdad of attempting to abolish the Kurdish region and "rejecting calls for dialogue".

He urged Washington to "balance its relations with the two sides and to set the stage for constructive dialogue".

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