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Iraqi PM urges "joint administration" of Kirkuk under Baghdad's authority - state TV
October 3, 2017 / 4:37 PM / 17 days ago

Iraqi PM urges "joint administration" of Kirkuk under Baghdad's authority - state TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday called for a “joint administration” of Kirkuk and other areas claimed by both his government and the autonomous Kurdish region, provided that Baghdad has ultimate authority in such an arrangement.

A still image taken from a video shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi speaking as he makes a statement in Baghdad, Iraq September 24, 2017. REUTERS/via Reuters TV

Abadi’s proposal, made at a news conference in Baghdad according to state TV, aims mainly at settling the dispute over the multi-ethnic, oil-rich region of Kirkuk.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters took control of Kirkuk in 2014, when Iraqi forces collapsed in the face of Islamic State’s advance across northern Iraq.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Gareth Jones

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