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Iraqi Kurds offer 'talks and truce'

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By Euronews
Iraqi Kurds offer 'talks and truce'

<p>The Kurdistan regional government has proposed freezing the results of a disputed independence referendum.</p> <p>It is part of an offer to defuse the crisis with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad which regards the vote as illegal.</p> <h3>Kurdish Statement</h3> <p>In a statement the Kurdish government made three major points:</p> <p>1. Immediate ceasefire and halt all military operations in the Kurdistan Region. <br /> 2. Freeze the results of referendum conducted in the Iraqi Kurdistan.<br /> 3. Start an open dialogue between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi Federal Government on the basis of the Constitution.</p> <p>Last week fighting broke out when Iraqi government troops seized Kirkuk and other areas controlled by the Kurds.</p> <p>The Iraqi government has described the vote as a threat to the “peaceful co-existence among Iraqis.</p> <p>People living in northern Iraq had voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence for the Kurdistan Region.</p>