Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected an offer from the Kurdistan Region leaders to freeze the result of last month’s independence referendum and hold talks.

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“We won’t accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the constitution,” the prime minister said.

The Iraqi government insists the referendum, in which Kurdistan people backed secession from Iraq, was illegal.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Abadi bulked the Iraqi military near the disputed territory held by the Kurds.

The latest Abadi’s move led to the Kurdish offer to hold talks between the Kurdistan Region leaders and the Iraqi central government.

The operation, which is involving police, military personnel, special forces and paramilitary forces, triggered clashes that claimed dozens of people’s lives and left many more injured.

On Tuesday night, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) called for an immediate ceasefire to prevent further bloodshed.

The KRG emphasized it was willing to freeze the result of the referendum and start talks with the central government in Baghdad on the basis of the constitution.

More details to follow. Image 1 of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi from Al Bawaba

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