In his weekly press briefing, the Iraqi PM Haydar al-Abadi on tuesday October 3 informed about the government’s latest decisions. When asked which measures he is going to take against Kurdish ockupation of disputed areas, such as Kirkuk and the Nineveh Plain, he said that the government has written to the leadership of KRG to withdraw Peshmerga from the Nineveh Plains to the lines before the agreement on the liberation of Mosul October 18, 2016, since this is an illegal ockupation. According to the constitution these areas must be ruled by a joint leadership under the command of the federal government. Asked further about the Kurdish claims that they will never leave the areas they have taken or ”liberated”, Abadi said ockupation and abuses by military force are not acceptable. He reminded the audience that even Saddam Hussein had ruled Iraq by force for 30 years, but could he keep it with force? he asked rhetorically. All parts need to follow the constitution, which is our common ground, Abadi added, once again referring the KRG referendum as illegal and unacceptable.
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