Led Military Coalition Announce Iraq-Kurdish Ceasefire

A protester beats on a gate at the US Consulate in Erbil as Kurds felt let down by the United States

A protester beats on a gate at the US Consulate in Erbil as Kurds felt let down by the United States

French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated Saturday the necessity for the Iraqi government and the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan to hold talks to end the political crisis in the country peacefully, his office said on Sunday.

"I am the same Masoud Barzani, I am a Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter) and will continue to help my people in their struggle for independence", said Barzani, who has campaigned for Kurdish self-determination for almost four decades.

USA -backed Iraqi government forces, Iranian-backed paramilitaries and Kurdish fighters fought alongside each other to defeat Islamic State, also called ISIS, but the alliance has faltered with the militants largely defeated in the country.

The region, which had enjoyed unprecedented autonomy for years, has been in turmoil since the independence referendum a month ago prompted military and economic retaliation from Iraq's central government in Baghdad.

The Kurdish region was to have held presidential and parliamentary election on November 1 but they were postponed indefinitely last week amid the escalating regional crisis.

Iraqi Kurdish president Masoud Barzani speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq September 24, 2017. The vote was overwhelmingly for independence and triggered the military action by the Baghdad government and threats from neighbouring Turkey and Iran.

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Meanwhile, following deadly clashes between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga forces, the worldwide community seems anxious as there are efforts on several levels to defuse the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil.

Tensions have been running high between Baghdad and Erbil after the Kurds held a controversial referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region and the disputed areas.

In a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for dialogue and confirmed his country's support to enforcing law in disputed areas according to the Iraqi constitution. His term of office was to expire in 2013 but was extended by parliament.

Iraq's chief of staff General Othman al-Ghanimi told reporters after the talks in central Nineveh province that both sides have reached an agreement on some points.

Abadi said the talks are meant to prepare for the peaceful deployment of Iraqi troops at the border crossings with Turkey, Iran and Syria in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Iraqi government launched an offensive which led to Kurds losing to Baghdad large swathes of oilfields in the disputed province of Kirkuk.

Kurdish officials offered this week to "freeze" the results of the vote, but Mr al-Abadi rejected the offer on Thursday.

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