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Baghdad-Kurdistan talks stall over military command

01 December, 2012

ARBIL: Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday that talks on reducing tensions with the federal government have stalled over the contentious issue of a newly-established northern military command.

Talks between federal and Kurdish security officials reached an impasse over Baghdad's refusal to scrap the Tigris Operations Command, which was "the basic requirement emphasised by the leadership of Kurdistan for normalising the situation," a statement on the Kurdistan government's website said.

The establishment of the federal Tigris Operations Command, which covers disputed territory in north Iraq, has drawn an angry response from Kurdish leaders who want to incorporate much of the area into their region.

Federal and Kurdish security officials held talks this week on reducing high tensions between the two sides in the country's north, which has seen military reinforcements sent to disputed areas.

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