Iraqi Kurds Pledge to Respect Court Ruling Banning Secession

A boy rides a bicycle with the flag of Kurdistan in Tuz Khurmato Iraq

A boy rides a bicycle with the flag of Kurdistan in Tuz Khurmato Iraq

Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) said Tuesday it would respect a court ruling prohibiting the Kurdish region from secession.

US President Donald Trump said he would not take any side in the crisis, but called on both parties to find a peaceful solution. It has also expressed hope that apex court's decision will pave the way for a dialogue between central government in Baghdad and KRG headquarter in Erbil.

Following the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum, the Iraqi parliament and government imposed certain sanctions on the Region in an attempt to force the officials to cancel the referendum results.

The KRG said on Tuesday it would respect the November 6 ruling by the Supreme Federal Court, which declared that no Iraqi province could secede.

Baghdad has said the Kurds must annul the vote before any negotiations.

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Following the Kurdish bid for independence, Baghdad halted global flights in and out of the autonomous region - known as Iraqi Kurdistan - and launched a military operation that recaptured the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas from Kurdish forces.

Abadi had previously urged the northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region to abide by the court's decision.

The Supreme Court's ruling came after central government requested the highest judicial body to end any "wrong misinterpretation" of the Iraqi constitution and assert the country's unity.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov after receiving the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, in a press conference on October 23, said that his country was not closing its consulate in the capital of the Kurdistan Region, but that the mission was nevertheless subordinate to the Russian Embassy in Baghdad. Its decisions can not be appealed, though it has no mechanism to enforce its ruling in the Kurdish region.

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