The Kurdistan Regional Government announced Wednesday that it is prepared to suspend the independence referendum results in exchange for a ceasefire and an open dialogue with Baghdad.

Kurds in Iraq

Kurds in Iraq Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

On Wednesday, about a week after the Iraqi Army regained control over the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq released a statement in which it called for a ceasefire. “We are prepared to suspend the results of the independence referendum as part of an offer to resolve the crisis with Baghdad,” the statement read. The Kurdish leadership called for an open dialogue based on the Iraqi constitution between the governments in Erbil and Baghdad.

Last week, in an interview with CNN, Kurdish Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir stated that the KRG never wanted a war with Iraq. Most Kurds in northern Iraq voted in favor of independence during the September referendum. However, Baghdad has refused to recognize the results of the vote.