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01 November 2017, 12:57 | Kara Nash
US urges cooperation after Kurdish leader's resignation
However, Kurdish regional authorities denied the crossing had been handed over. Suggesting that Barzani's departure may yield greater Kurdish unity and improve the odds of a resolution with Baghdad, a USA official said: "We can't allow this tension to continue".
The UK Secretary of State reiterated his country's continued support to the Kurds within a unified Iraq. Disputes between the KRG and the Baghdad federal government range from the perennial tussle over how to share oil revenues to the control of territory and border crossings.
The balance of power between Iraqi central government forces and the autonomous Kurdish region has been transformed since the Kurds staged their referendum on September 25.
Tensions remain high between Iraqi federal forces and Kurdish fighters after Baghdad-led forces retook the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish control earlier this month. Abadi has won backing from both Tehran and Ankara for his moves against the Kurds.
The cost of a three-year war on Islamic State added to the Kurdistan region's financial difficulties, and fall of the oil region of Kirkuk to Iraqi forces halved the KRG's oil income.
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"I want to pay tribute to [President] Barzani's leadership in that fight [against IS], to his years of service to the [Kurdish] people, and to the role he played in the formation of modern Iraq", the statement concluded.
She also hailed the decision of President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani not to seek another term. The United States had urged the Kurds not to hold the referendum, anxious it would precipitate a backlash.
Overnight, offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the main opposition party, were set on fire in the town of Zakho, in Dohuk province near the Turkish and Syrian borders, according to opposition...
The KRG and the central government held talks from Friday till Sunday to resolve their conflict.
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