ERBIL — The Iraqi government on Monday introduced further measures against the Kurdistan Region in response to the independence referendum held on September 25.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi convened the Iraqi National Security Council, during which he announced additional measures to be taken against Kurdistan.
The newly declared measures include restoring the federal authority in the Kurdish territories outside the KRG’s official administration and under Peshmerga control, the National Security Council said in a statement released following the meeting.
The statement also mentioned that Baghdad has launched a lawsuit to prosecute state employees in Kurdistan Region who voted in the September vote.
PM Abadi also decided to bring the telecommunications in the Kurdistan Region under the Federal Government’s control by moving their headquarters to Baghdad.
In addition to internet services, the largest telecommunications companies are headquartered in Erbil.
Iraqi PM renewed once again the requests to Turkey and Iran to suspend all commercial transactions, including the export of oil.
Baghdad is already managing some measures against Kurdistan Region, such as a flight ban on both the Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airports.