23/06/2014 - 23:00
Kerry in South Kurdistan for talks

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has arrived in the capital of the Federal Kurdistan Region, Hewler (Erbil) to hold talks with President of the Kurdistan Federal Region, Massoud Barzani.

Barzani told Kerry: "We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq. We are seeking a solution to the crisis."

Mr Kerry said: "As everyone knows, this is a crucial time for Iraq, and our main problem is the establishing of a government," adding that Kurdish forces had a key role to play against ISIS.

Mr Kerry's meetings with Kurdish leaders come as President of the Kurdistan Federal Region, Massoud Barzani, suggested that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq..

Barzani: time for the Kurdish people to determine their future

Massoud Barzani told CNN: "Iraq is obviously falling apart... The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.

During the last 10 years we did everything we could, we made every effort and we showed political stability in order to build a new democratic Iraq, but unfortunately the experience has not been successful the way that it should have," he said.

"That's why I believe that after the recent events in Iraq it has been proven that the Kurdish people should take the opportunity now," he added.

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