New prin­ci­ples for Er­bil-Bagh­dad talks: shar­ing, agree­ment, bal­ance

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Prime Min­ster Nechir­van Barzani stated in a press con­fer­ence on May 1st fol­low­ing his Bagh­dad visit that Kur­dish MPs and min­is­ters will re­turn back to Bagh­dad next week.

PM Barzani told the re­porters that this is just the be­gin­ning and that change will not oc­cur over night, adding that pa­tience is needed from the pub­lic to see the fruits of the new agree­ment.

“This is a good start and the prin­ci­ple of di­a­logue has never been and will never be re­jected by Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,” Barzani said in the press con­fer­ence.

Nechir­van Barzani re­it­er­ated that Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani was the first per­son to feel the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tions in Iraq and one year ago he had stated that some peo­ple think the is­sue is a per­sonal prob­lem be­tween Pres­i­dent Barzani and PM Ma­liki, “but it did not turn out to be the case.”

Kur­dish PM re­futed the claim that Ma­liki called for Kur­dish sup­port with re­gard to the ten­sions in the Sunni ar­eas and said “the his­tory of Iraq is a strong proof for the fail­ure of the prin­ci­ple of strong and weak.”

Barzani said that the re­sult of the visit of the del­e­ga­tion he headed to Bagh­dad and meet­ing with PM Ma­liki and the State of Law Bloc was agree­ing on a frame­work for fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Af­ter brief­ing the re­porters about the con­tent of the seven-ar­ti­cle agree­ment they signed with Ma­liki, PM Barzani ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion about the re­sults of the visit. He ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the role of all the po­lit­i­cal pow­ers in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and said, “It is true that we may have dif­fer­ent opin­ions on this side of Mount Ham­reen, but on the other side we are united and have one voice, which is the only guar­an­tee we have as a na­tion.”

The Prime Min­is­ter stated that Pres­i­dent Barzani met with all po­lit­i­cal groups and they col­lec­tively de­cided that the Kur­dish par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and min­is­ters should re­turn to Bagh­dad to at­tend the meet­ings which will re­sume this week.

“I hope this is a good start for the ne­go­ti­a­tions we ini­ti­ated and I hope the re­sults will be in the ben­e­fit of the whole Iraq and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

Kur­dish PM also stated that he has in­vited PM Ma­liki to Kur­dis­tan and sug­gested that a min­is­te­rial coun­cil ses­sion will be held in Er­bil with the Pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Barzani and PM Ma­liki.

Tough­ing base on the is­sue of oil com­pa­nies’ fees, Barzani said that this was not a ma­jor topic of this meet­ing but he promised that hope­fully this is­sue will also be re­solved with Bagh­dad, if that was not pos­si­ble, they would have al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions.

Ad­dress­ing the is­sue of Ar­ti­cle 140, PM Barzani em­pha­sized that there was no pres­sure on them from Iran to re­sume talks with Bagh­dad, and “op­po­si­tion is free in what they say and write, but we have agreed that Ar­ti­cle 140 is a con­sti­tu­tional ar­ti­cle and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will try its best to im­ple­ment it.”

Nechir­van Barzani touched the base on some other is­sues such as the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and re­it­er­ated that there are no plans to resched­ule the elec­tions. More­over, Barzani also said that Pesh­marga forces have been de­ployed to ar­eas near Kirkuk to fill the se­cu­rity gap without dis­turb­ing any­body or any party and without any po­lit­i­cal agree­ments with any­one.

“Pesh­mar­gas are there to pro­tect the se­cu­rity of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which is its first pri­or­ity.”

Com­ment­ing on Di­jla Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, Barzani said if they op­er­ate within their lim­its there is no prob­lem, but if they in­ter­fere in other is­sues that are orig­i­nally un­der the au­thor­ity of the gov­er­norates and pro­vin­cial coun­cils, such acts are not ac­cept­able and would con­sti­tute as provo­ca­tion.

Later on, PM Barzani ad­dressed some in­ter­nal is­sues such as the Hu­man Ca­pac­ity De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram of the KRG, which, ac­cord­ing to him, the pro­gram will con­tinue but this will be in ac­cor­dance with the Re­gion’s needs rather than send­ing who­ever has an of­fer from a for­eign univer­sity. Ad­di­tion­ally, he ad­dressed some of the con­cerns peo­ple have had over the months re­gard­ing the per­for­mance of the govern­ment, and he con­firmed that all mea­sures are be­ing taken to re­solve these is­sues.

At the end of the press con­fer­ence, the Kur­dish PM ex­pressed his govern­ment’s sup­port for the right­ful de­mands of the Sunni demon­stra­tors in South­ern Iraq and re­it­er­ated their readi­ness to pro­vide any help nec­es­sary for the peace­ful real­iz­ing of their rights and de­mands.

Kur­dish Prime Min­siter Nechir­van Barzani meets with his Iraqi coun­ter­part Nuri Ma­liki in Bagh­dad, Mon­day, April 29, 2013.

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