Kurdistan says it respects ruling
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