Recall that the sharp deterioration in relations between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan occurred after the referendum. Kurds by a majority vote in favor of independence from Iraq. Hostilities broke out in Kirkuk, which quickly stopped, as the Kurdish troops actually abandoned further armed resistance. However, the Iraqi army did not advance further than the city taken under its full control, including under pressure from the so-called international community.
Turkish News Agency Anadolu quotes a statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi:
Dialogue with regional authorities, including Barzani (leader of Iraqi Kurdistan, note “VO”), is possible only if the conditions for canceling the referendum results are met, and also after the transfer of control over all checkpoints and airports to the Iraqi authorities in the direction of revenues from oil sales in the state budget. We insist that the Peshmerga (armed Kurdish troops) return to the region’s borders.
It should be noted that the Supreme Court of Iraq previously declared the referendum in Kurdistan unconstitutional.