KRG refuses to hand control of border crossings to Iraq

REUTERS
IRBIL, Iraq
Published 29.09.2017 15:03
Updated 29.09.2017 15:12
Turkish soldiers patrol the road to Habur border gate near the Turkish-Iraq border in Silopi district (EPA Photo)
Turkish soldiers patrol the road to Habur border gate near the Turkish-Iraq border in Silopi district (EPA Photo)

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq refuses to relinquish control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government, Irbil-based TV Rudaw said on Friday, citing a KRG official.

Relinquishing control over border crossings with Turkey, Iran and Syria is a demand made by Iraq, Iran and Turkey in retaliation for the Kurdish independence referendum held on Monday in northern Iraq.

Backed by Ankara and Tehran, the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdish leadership cancel the result of the referendum or face sanctions, international isolation and possibly a military intervention.

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