Iraqi Kurds back away from independence bid

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 14, 2017

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday it would respect the November 6 ruling by the Supreme Federal Court, which declared that no Iraqi province could secede.

The government of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region has taken another step back from its failed bid for independence, accepting a national court ruling that its disputed referendum was unconstitutional.

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.

"The success of security forces should be supported by solving the ongoing problems between the central government and the KRG, and constructive dialogue needs to be initiated to maintain the national gains", Masoum said.

His remarks came during a meeting between al-Abadi and the head of the United Nations mission in Iraq, Jan Kubis.

Iraqi President Fouad Masoum called for dialogue between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to overcome political and security problems after the KRG's independence referendum on September 25.

The concession over the court ruling marks the Kurds' latest attempt to revive negotiations with the central government, which imposed retaliatory measures following the independence vote.

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