Baghdad insists outcome of Kurdish independence referendum be canceled

Baghdad insists outcome of Kurdish independence referendum be canceled

Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi insisted that the Kurdish independence referendum be declared void, an apparent rejection of the Kurdistan region’s offer to “freeze” its independence push as part of efforts to resolve the crisis through talks.

“We won’t accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the Constitution,” Reuters cited al-Abadi as saying.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) proposed on Wednesday an immediate ceasefire, a suspension of the referendum result and “starting an open dialogue with the federal government based on the Iraqi Constitution”.

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