Kurds told to cancel poll result

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Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani gestures after casting his vote in the Kurdish independence referendum. AFP

BAGHDAD/ERBIL (Reuters) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded yesterday that Kurdish authorities “cancel” the outcome of the independence referendum in northern Iraq, as
a condition for dialogue to resolve an escalating crisis. In a speech to parliament, Mr Abadi renewed his ultimatum to Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Regional Government  to hand over control of international airports by tomorrow or face a ban on direct international flights to the Kurdish region. People in northern Iraq voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence in Monday’s non-binding referendum. Any idea of secession is opposed by the governments in Iraq, Turkey and Iran. The US pressed Kurdish leaders to call off the poll. “We won’t have a dialogue about the referendum outcome,” Mr Abadi said. “If they want to start talks, they must cancel the referendum and its outcome.”

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