Iraqi Kurds seek talks after federal court bars secession

More than 90 percent of voters approved independence in the non-binding referendum, which was rejected by Iraq's central government and its neighbors.

14 November 2017 | 15:01

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 14 November 2017 | 15:01

This photo shows Iraqi-Arabs demonstrating in the disputed city of Kirkuk calling for human rights bodies to shed light on the whereabouts of relatives arrested by Kurdish forces since 2003 and demanding the Iraqi authorities to investigate their cases, on November 7, 2017. (AFP Photo)

BAGHDAD: A federal court ruling that bars secession "must become a basis" for dialogue with the central government following September's divisive independence referendum, according to Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Kurdish regional government said "we respect" the Nov. 6 decision by the Supreme Federal Court, an indication they may be willing to back down in the standoff with Baghdad.

More than 90 percent of voters approved independence in the non-binding referendum, which was rejected by Iraq's central government and its neighbors. In the wake of the vote, Iraqi federal forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas from the Kurds.

Baghdad has said the Kurds must annul the vote before any negotiations.



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