Iraqi government says Kurds must back country's "unity" before talks

Iraqi government says Kurds must back country's "unity" before talks

The Iraqi government has a series of conditions that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) must meet before agreeing to hold talks on the crisis triggered by last month's independence referendum, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

A boy rides a bicycle with the flag of Kurdistan in Tuz Khurmato, Iraq September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi government has a series of conditions that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) must meet before agreeing to hold talks on the crisis triggered by last month's independence referendum, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

The KRG must first "commit to Iraq's unity," the spokesman told Reuters, reacting to an offer for dialogue made Wednesday overnight by the Kurdish authorities.

"The local authorities in the (Kurdistan) region (..) must accept the sovereign authority of the federal government on (..) oil exports, security and border protection, including land and air entry points," he added.

"These are the basis for any dialogue requested by the local government of the region," he said.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writign by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Source: Reuters

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