Published: Thu, October 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Baghdad dismisses Kurd offer to freeze independence vote

Baghdad dismisses Kurd offer to freeze independence vote

Lavrov's comments follow a warning last week from the Iraqi Oil Ministry, which said it was advising oil companies that they should be making contracts and dealing only with the federal government.

"Iraqi forces assumed control of the crossing after calling on the PKK/PYD to withdraw into Syria", Reda said.

On Wednesday, the KRG - fearing more military escalations by Baghdad - offered to "suspend" the results of last month's unconstitutional poll, halt all military activity, and enter into talks with the central government.

Parts of Nineveh province north and east of Iraq's second city Mosul are some of the last areas that Kurdish forces still hold outside their longstanding three-province autonomous region.

Several countries warned that the referendum would distract Iraq from ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and further destabilise the already volatile region.

It said it was also prepared to "freeze the result of the referendum" and "start an open dialogue" with the government in Baghdad "on the basis of the constitution".

"Clashes have caused damage to both sides and could lead to continuous bloodshed, inflicting pain and causing social unrest among the different components of the Iraqi society", it added. "Certainly, continued fighting does not lead any side to victory, but it will drive the country towards disarray and chaos, affecting all aspects of life".

"The clear support by you [Turkey] and other states for Iraq's unity and the sovereignty of the constitution and law in Iraq has had a large impact in helping Iraqis end this unsafe case and direction", Abadi said.

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