‘We don’t want armed confrontation’: Iraqi PM on Kurds
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Oct. 5 that he did not want an armed conflict with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), days after the autonomous region voted for independence in a referendum.
“We don’t want armed confrontation, we don’t want clashes but federal authority must prevail,” he said after a meeting in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Separatism is unacceptable,” Abadi said, reiterating that the non-binding September 25 vote - in which 92.7 percent of Iraqi Kurds backed independence - was “illegal.”
“Iraq belongs to all Iraqis,” he said, appealing to Kurdish Peshmerga forces to work with the Iraqi army “as we have worked together against Daesh [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL[, to guarantee citizens’ safety.”
Macron voiced support for Kurds’ rights while defending Iraq’s territorial unity.
France has “always been sensitive to the situation of Kurds” but is also committed to stability in Iraq, Macron said, calling for dialogue between Baghdad and the KRG.
“France is ready to contribute actively to the U.N.’s mediation efforts, if Iraqi authorities so wish,” he said.