Kur­dis­tan says it re­spects rul­ing

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IS­TAN­BUL: The Kur­dish re­gional gov­ern­ment in north­ern Iraq said on Tues­day that it re­spects a fed­eral court rul­ing last week that banned Iraqi prov­inces from se­ced­ing, and called for con­struc­tive di­a­logue.

“We be­lieve that this de­ci­sion must be­come a ba­sis for start­ing an in­clu­sive na­tional di­a­logue be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad to re­solve all dis­putes,” a state­ment from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment said.

The Kur­dis­tan re­gion held a dis­puted in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum on Septem­ber 25 that was ap­proved by 92 per cent of vot­ers, in­fu­ri­at­ing Bagh­dad and its neigh­bours. The Kur­dish state­ment sig­nalling com­pro­mise comes af­ter the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad took mea­sures against the vote on in­de­pen­dence. The mea­sures in­cluded Bagh­dad tak­ing con­trol of vi­tal trans­port cross­ings. — Agen­cies

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