Obama offers help in resolving differences between Baghdad, Kurdish north

13:23, January 26, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama offered on Monday to help in resolving differences between Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government and Baghdad's central government before a crucial election in March.

When meeting with Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, Obama said his government supports a secure, prosperous, and autonomous Kurdistan Region within a united, federal Iraq.

Obama encouraged Barzani to take constructive action on issues that divide Iraq, offering U.S. help for Iraq to move forward in forging a broad political consensus to resolve outstanding disagreements between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Government of Iraq, said the White House.

Iraq is to hold parliamentary elections on March 7. The Kurds lamented the distribution of parliament seats, saying they were under-represented.

U.S. officials have voiced concern about the lingering feuds between Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities that would cause obstacles to political progress in the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua
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