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Iraqi Government: Kurds Must Back Country's 'Unity' Before Talks

Kurds celebrate in support of the independence referendum in Duhok, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2017.

The Iraqi government has a series of conditions that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) must meet before agreeing to hold talks on the crisis triggered by last month's independence referendum, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

The KRG must first "commit to Iraq's unity," the spokesman told Reuters, reacting to an offer for dialogue made Wednesday overnight by the Kurdish authorities.

"The local authorities in the [Kurdistan] region must accept the sovereign authority of the federal government on oil exports, security and border protection, including land and entry points," he added.

"These are the basis for any dialogue requested by the local government of the region," he said.