TEHRAN (defapress) – Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday they would accept a court decision prohibiting the region from seceding, signaling a new phase in efforts to restart stalled negotiations over its future.
News ID: 66999
Publish Date: 14November 2017 - 17:02
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday it
would respect the Nov. 6 ruling by the Supreme Federal Court, which declared
that no Iraqi province could secede.
"We believe that this decision must become a basis for
starting an inclusive national dialogue between (Kurdish authorities in) Erbil
and Baghdad to resolve all disputes,” the KRG said in a statement, Reuters
The court ruling came in response to a request from the
central government in Baghdad to end any "wrong misinterpretation” of the Iraqi
constitution and assert the country’s unity.
It followed a controversial referendum on the secession of
the Kurdish region, which was held on September 25 in defiance of strong
objection from Baghdad and Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Iran and Turkey.
The plebiscite sparked tensions between the KRG and Baghdad,
with the Iraqi army conducting a military campaign to retake the areas overrun
by the Kurdish militants in the course of the fight with the Daesh terrorist
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had previously called
on the Kurdish region to honor the court ruling.