ARBIL / Aswat al-Iraq: A delegation from the Peshmerga Ministry will meet with security leaders of Iraqi Defense Ministry on Monday to discuss security developments in the disputed areas.
"A Kurdish delegation will meet with senior security leaders in Baghdad to discuss the latest developments in the disputed areas," Secretary General of the Peshmerga ministry, General Jabar Yawer, told reporters,
"The meeting aims at activating the higher joint security committee formed in 2008 to manage the security file in Kirkuk and other disputed areas," he added.
Iraq's parliament speaker said Saturday that "significant progress" has been made on resolving an Arab-Kurd crisis, although a deployment of Kurdish forces in the country's north has raised the stakes.
Usama al-Nujaifi has been pushing to resolve a crisis between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq that he has warned could lead to civil war.
Tensions are running high in areas of northern Iraq that the Kurdish region wants to incorporate over the strong objections of Baghdad.
The threat of conflict was illustrated by the reported deployment of a large Kurdish force near the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday.