Newsbrief: Iraq’s Kurds offer to freeze results of independence vote

by Doyin Fadojutimi
edited by Bryce Johnson

Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdish region offered to freeze the results of its controversial independence vote last month as part of a dialogue with Baghdad, on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post

The voting results were not accepted by Baghdad which  demanded that the results to be annulled before it takes part in any negotiation with the Kurds. 

Baghdad is demanding that the Kurds hand over a disputed pipeline they have used to export oil through Turkey. 

“With the referendum they tried to break up our territory, they tried to redefine our borders,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said.  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would provide “every kind of support” to help Iraq reopen another, damaged pipeline, running near the city of Mosul.

 

(Photo: the Associated Press)

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