Maliki Says Referendum Results Must Be Reversed Before Erbil, Baghdad Dialogue
Former Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki announced on Sunday (October 8) that there is no use holding a dialogue with the Kurdistan Region if the Kurdish authority is not willing to reverse the outcome of the independence referendum.
During a meeting with Iraqi Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Salim al-Jabouri, on Sunday, Masoud Barzani said the Kurdistan Region is ready to hold dialogue with Baghdad without preconditions.
Maliki met on Sunday with the US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, saying a dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad will not take place until the outcome of Kurdistan independence referendum is canceled.
In the meeting, Maliki expressed concerns that “a call for dialogue on behalf of violating the constitution and holding onto the disputed areas, will deteriorate issues.”
Maliki referred to the Kurdistan independence referendum as “illegitimate.” The referendum was held on Sept. 25 and saw a 92.7 percent vote of 'Yes' in its support.
Tensions between the KRG and the central government hit a high in 2015, after officials from both sides accused each other of failing to abide by the terms of an oil revenue sharing deal struck by officials in December 2014.