September 28, 2017 00:50:46
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has demanded that Kurdish government “cancel” the end result of the independence referendum in northern Iraq as a pre-condition for discussion to get to the bottom of a fiercely escalating regional disaster.
In a speech to parliament on Wednesday, Mr Abadi renewed Baghdad’s stance that the referendum used to be unconstitutional, whilst handing over an ultimatum to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani: give up regulate of global airports by Friday or face a ban on flights to the Kurdish area.
On Monday, folks in northern Iraq voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence in a non-binding referendum that used to be geared toward arming Mr Barzani with territorial bargaining chips.
Mr Barzani used a televised cope with to claim that the “yes” vote had received. (Reuters: Azad Lashkari, report)
However within the lead up to the vote, all tips of secession by the Kurds used to be bitterly hostile by the federal government in Baghdad, in addition to by neighbours Turkey and Iran who threatened to isolate the area — the United States additionally pressed Kurdish leaders to name off the ballot.
“We will not have a dialogue about the referendum outcome,” Mr Abadi stated.
“If they want to start talks, they must cancel the referendum and its outcome.”
But Mr Abadi’s call for used to be rejected by KRG Transport Minister Mowlud Murad on Wednesday, who advised a information convention within the Kurdish capital Erbil that preserving regulate of airports and keeping up direct global flights to Erbil used to be important, partially for the battle in opposition to Islamic State militants.
Kurdish leaders in the meantime are doubling-down that the referendum has given them the mandate to negotiate the non violent secession in their area with Baghdad and Iraq’s robust neighbours Iran and Turkey.
Mr Murad expressed the hope that the disaster may well be resolved by Friday, announcing it could harm Kurdistan’s economic system.
Baghdad calls for oilfields returned below its regulate
But Baghdad isn’t backing down. On Wednesday, the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority despatched a realize to overseas airways telling them flights to Erbil and Sulaimaniya within the Kurdish area could be suspended at Friday at three:00pm GMT (1:00am AEST) except the clash used to be resolved.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Parliament requested Prime Minister Abadi on Wednesday to ship extra troops to the Kurdish area of Kirkuk to take again regulate of its oilfields.
Kurdish Peshmerga warring parties took regulate of Kirkuk in 2014 when the Iraqi military fled within the face of Islamic State militants who overran a few 3rd of Iraq — the Kurdish transfer avoided the oilfields from falling into the militants’ palms.
“The government has to bring back the oilfields of Kirkuk under the control of the oil ministry,” stated the answer voted by parliament in Baghdad.
It referred to as on Mr Abadi to “issue orders for the security forces to deploy in the disputed areas, including Kirkuk”.
The house, traditionally claimed by the Kurds, may be house to Turkmen and Arab communities, and it used to be incorporated within the independence referendum hung on Monday.
Kurds have fun after casting their ballots in Kirkuk. (Reuters: Thaier Al-Sudani)