Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region has offered to “freeze” the result of September’s referendum on independence and begin dialogue with Baghdad.

A statement also proposed a ceasefire “in order to prevent further violence and clashes” triggered by the launch of a Iraqi military operation last week.

According to the BBC news, it saw troops and police retake control of disputed areas controlled by the Kurds since 2014, including Kirkuk.

The Arab-led central government has yet to respond to the Kurdish offer.

Iraq’s Prime Minister, has said the referendum, which saw people living in Kurdish-held areas overwhelmingly back secession, was illegal and has previously demanded that the result be annulled.

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