(presstv.ir) -The White House supports the Kurdish authority's stance on a dispute over the future of the oil-rich Iraqi governorate of Kirkuk.
In a meeting with US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker in Irbil on Sunday evening, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Local Government Massoud Barzani reiterated the region would not accept any compromise or administrative division of the governorate, a statement by Barzani's office said, the Voices of Iraq reported.
The statement added Crocker backed Barzani's stance on the issue.
Kirkuk's status which holds one of the country's largest oil reserves has been one of the thorny issues in Iraq's politics.
The Iraqi parliament has so far failed to pass a draft law governing the provincial elections over Kurdish lawmakers' disapproval of one of its clauses about Kirkuk's status.
The clause proposes a power-sharing formula based on which the oil-rich region's council would comprise of 10 Kurdish members, 10 Arabs, 10 Turkmens and two Christians.
In an attempt to resolve the dispute, Arab and Turkmen lawmakers have suggested to divide Kirkuk into four constituencies.
But the Kurdistan Regional Government rejected the proposal and demanded that Kirkuk be regarded as one constituency.
The Kurds also demand a referendum determine Kirkuk's future in line with Article 140 of the Constitution.
Barzani had earlier warned that "If Article 140 dies, then the Constitution will die, and you should be held responsible for Iraq's partition."