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    Kurdistan Democratic Party Says Still Not Reached Agreements With Iraqi Gov't

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    A Kurdistan Democratic Party representative said that the military delegations of Iraqi and Kurdish regional governments are continuing the talks.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – There are still no agreements reached during the negotiations between the authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Iraqi government, a representative of the Moscow office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    Earlier in the day, the Iraqi army joint command said that the leadership of the Kurdish autonomy had breached all the agreements previously reached with Baghdad.

    "The military delegations of Iraqi and Kurdish regional governments are continuing [the talks] but no agreements have been reached … These meetings are an opportunity for both sides to exchange ideas and offer initiatives, but no decision had been made yet," the KDP representative said quoting the words of Chief of Staff of the region's Peshmerga Ministry Jabar Yawar.

    The KDP also refuted the rumors about Erbil’s decision to transfer the control over some territories or border crossings to Baghdad.

    The party pointed out that Baghdad demanded to transfer the control over crossings on the Iraqi-Turkish border, airports as well as establishment of joint control over the disputed areas. Moreover, the Iraqi authorities are said to have demanded to reduce the staff of the Peshmerga units or placing them under Baghdad’s control.

    Clashes erupted in northern Iraq between the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces after the Kurdistan Regional Government held a referendum on independence on September 25, in which more than 90 percent of Kurds favoured secession from Iraq. Baghdad has opposed the referendum and launched the offensive to recapture the Kurdish-held disputed areas of the country.

    On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension of military operations in the country's north to enable the deployment of federal forces in all disputed areas and along the country's borders. Since then, the temporary ceasefire has been extended.


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