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France’s Macron says Iraqi unity ‘essential’, offers to mediate with Kurds

© Ludovic Marin, AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron (right) gives a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi following their meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris, on October 5, 2017.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-10-05

French President Emmanuel Macron has offered to mediate between the Iraqi government and Kurds seeking independence from Baghdad, saying the country’s territorial integrity is essential.

Macron made the offer after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris on Thursday in wide-ranging talks about French support for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group and rebuilding Iraqi's economy.

Macron said France and others are worried about the standoff between Iraqi’s Kurdistan region and Baghdad after last month's disputed independence referendum, in which Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence from Iraq.

'The territorial stability [of Iraq] is essential'

The French president insisted on the importance of "national reconciliation and inclusive governance" that includes Kurds, "with whom France maintains close ties".

Macron said dialogue Baghdad and the Kurds "is the only path", and that his country is “ready to contribute actively to mediation".

'We don't want armed confrontation'

After thanking France for its support in the fight against the IS group, Iraq's prime minister said he did not want an armed conflict on the Kurdish issue, urging Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces in disputed areas to work with the Iraqi army under Baghdad's control.

"We do not want an armed confrontation, we don't want clashes, but the federal authority must prevail and nobody can infringe on the federal authority," Abadi said, standing alongside Macron.

While the Kurdish independence vote was non-binding, it has nonetheless sent tensions in the country and the region soaring.

In response to the poll, the Iraqi government has cut Kurdistan's direct air links with the outside world, partially isolating the northern region.

Turkey and Iran, which both border Kurdistan and have their own Kurdish minorities, have denounced the referendum, while the United States described it as “unilateral” and lacking legitimacy.


Date created : 2017-10-05

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