Erbil disheartened from Baghdad
Kurds seek ways to pressurize Iraqi Cabinet for their rights
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.