US State Department urges Kurdish parties to work for united Iraq

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31 October, 2017

The Movement for Change, Gorran, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said in separate statements several of their offices in the Duhok region, north of the Kurdish capital Erbil, were looted or burnt overnight.

On Sunday, Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani told the regional parliament in a letter read to lawmakers that he would not seek re-election after last month's controversial Kurdish independence referendum that he had spearheaded sparked a crisis with Baghdad and neighboring countries.

As MPs discussed the request for his powers to be dissolved dozens of his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) supporters stormed the building, attacking politicians from opposition parties and journalists until police arrived at the scene.

Mr Barzani also accused leaders of the PUK, whose founder Jalal Talabani died days after the referendum, of being guilty of "high treason on 16 October".

The Iraqi military and the Kurdish minority had been clashing for several weeks in mostly low-level firefights until Friday, when they agreed to a cease-fire, and Kurdish forces abandoned the land they held, largely without resistance.

The UN meanwhile called on security forces to "prevent any plot against the stability of the Kurdistan Region" and condemned the killing of a Kurdish video journalist by unidentified assailants in Kirkuk province overnight.

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He said the central Iraqi government was closely monitoring what he described as "attempts to create chaos and disorder" in the Kurdish cities of Erbil and Dohuk.

Tehran had closed its borders with Iraq's Kurdistan region after it voted for independence in a referendum on September 25.

Johnson welcomed the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's decision not to extend his term, adding the choice offers "a new generation of Kurds" to lead Kurdistan.

"Border restrictions between Iran and Iraq's Kurdish region will be lifted in coming days", Iran's chief of staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri was quoted as saying by the Isna news agency.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's prime minister on Monday called for calm in the self-ruled northern Kurdish region after rioting the previous night following the Kurdish regional president's decision to effectively step down.

The veteran guerrilla leader has run Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region since 2005, presiding with a firm hand as the region prospered while the rest of Iraq struggled in civil war.


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