Er­bil dis­heart­ened from Bagh­dad

Kurds seek ways to pres­sur­ize Iraqi Cab­i­net for their rights

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Min­is­ters have pulled out from Bagh­dad, un­der the di­rec­tor­ship of Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG), which says it will no longer ac­cept the im­pinge­ments on their rights by Iraq’s cab­i­net.

Bagh­dad and sec­tar­ian ten­sions

Se­cu­rity con­tin­ues to be a press­ing is­sue that has not been dealt with ap­pro­pri­ately by the Iraqi cab­i­net. Sh­wan Mo­hammed, a mem­ber of Kur­dis­tan Al­liance in the Iraqi par­lia­ment says se­cu­rity has de­te­ri­o­rated in Sunni-pop­u­lated ar­eas, and that this is as a re­sult of the government’s sec­tar­ian poli­cies, as well as their le­niency to­wards sec­tar­i­an­ism. He added that Prime Min­is­ter Nuri al-Ma­liki’s State of Law Coali­tion has at­tempted to both fi­nan­cially and po­lit­i­cally tar­get the KRG. He went on to say, Ma­liki’s ef­forts are a ‘threat to Kur­dis­tan, and the demo­cratic process in the coun­try’ be­cause the state of law is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

‘Kurds’ fac­tor to coex­is­tence and united

The Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan, Mas­soud Barzani met with Kur­dish rep­re­senta- tives and min­is­ters to dis­cuss the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal im­prove­ments in Iraq. The Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­den­tial of­fice is­sued a state­ment say­ing, Kurds are an im­por­tant force in unit­ing Iraqi par­ties against threats to­wards the coun­tries’ unity.

Not long ago, the Pres­i­den­tial of­fice sent a let­ter to the Na­tional Coali­tion and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­side it. The let­ter in­cluded pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tion, high­light­ing the po­ten­tial ways to re­struc­ture po­lit­i­cal life, pre­vents de­com­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal and demo­cratic in­fra­struc­ture and much more. How­ever, lit­tle at­ten­tion and sig­nif­i­cance was given to the let­ter.

The an­nounce­ment dis­closes that Kur­dish Min­is­ters and rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been called back from Bagh­dad to dis­cuss new strate­gies on how to deal with the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal ten­sions.

The dis­putes get­ting com­pli­cated

Dur­ing Su­laimani Fo­rum, Dr Barham Salih, Un­der­sec­re­tary to Pres­i­dent Tal­a­bani of the PUK, ex­plained that Kur­dish peo­ple have le­git­i­mate and se­ri­ous dis­putes with the Iraqi government, not specif­i­cally be­cause the dis­putes re­late only to Kur­dish peo­ple, but be­cause the po­lit­i­cal man­age­ment sys­tem in the coun­try needs to be both re­viewed, and im­proved. “We can­not stay silent about the cur­rent hap­pen­ings be­cause marginal­iz­ing and for­get­ting other Iraqi com­po­nents, in­clud­ing Kurds, are no longer ac­cept­able,” Salih re­marked.

Osama Jameel, a Kur­dish MP from Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union in Bagh­dad, said that the Kur­dish pop­u­la­tion is sig­nif­i­cant in Iraq, and plays a key role in the po­lit­i­cal con­cerns that are sur­fac­ing. “Kurds have been through the past years strug­gling for an Iraq with­out a new dic­ta­tor.”

Hosh­yar Ze­bari, Kur­dish Iraq’s For­eign Min­is­ter, dur­ing Su­laimani’s Fo­rum said that there are sev­eral dis­putes be­tween the KRG and Iraqi government, such as Ar­ti­cle 140, bud­get, oil and gas law, pesh­marga and gov­ern­ing Kur­dish dis­puted ar­eas. “The rep­re­sen­ta­tives are ready to ful­fill what the Kur­dish lead­er­ship com­mand,” he said.

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