Fadil Mi­rani, the sec­re­tary of the KDP Po­lit­i­cal Com­mit­tee, in an in­ter­view with Al-Jazeera Net

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Aljazeera-net con­ducted an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party’s Po­lit­i­cal Com­mit­tee, Fadil Mi­rany, re­gard­ing the re­cent se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Iraq’s An­bar prov­ince and the thou­sands of cit­i­zens from Faluja and Ra­madi who have sought shel­ter in the Re­gion from the bat­tles and govern­ment shelling. The in­ter­view also dis­cussed the de­lay in form­ing a new cab­i­net. You can read the full in­ter­view be­low.

A leader in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion said the KRG can play an in­flu­en­tial role in end­ing the blood­shed in An­bar prov­ince by pro­vid­ing an ini­tia­tive to con­trol the crises, in­di­cat­ing that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani is far too im­mersed in these de­vel­op­ments, which mil­i­tary ac­tion can­not re­solve.

The sec­re­tary of the KDP polit­buro did not give a spe­cific im­age of this ini­tia­tive, but he did stress the prin­ci­ple of di­a­logue and the ideas of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and equal­ity, re­ject­ing any eth­ni­cally-based marginal­iza­tion. He also re­it­er­ated the ac­cep­tance of Kur­dish me­di­a­tion by all par­ties con­cerned.

Mi­rani told Al Jazeera Net that the en­try of govern­ment forces into the cities was orig­i­nally a mis­take. The army en­tered the deserts of An­bar to counter ter­ror and se­cure the bor­der, but in­stead headed to Ra­madi and broke into a peace­ful sit­u­a­tion. The govern­ment should have dealt with the protest in a po­lit­i­cal and le­gal man­ner, and it should have ne­go­ti­ated with the pro­tes­tors, not coun­tered them by force.

Mi­rani said “The ori­gin of the on­go­ing ten­sions in Iraq is a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, not se­cu­rity, the po­lit­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual my­opic view of some lead­ers, and their sub­mis­sion to racial and eth­ni­cal vi­sions, and re­ly­ing on the poli­cies of split­ting up, buy­ing loy­al­ties and politi­ciz­ing the army”

The crises is po­lit­i­cal

Mi­rani re­it­er­ated that the ori­gin of the on­go­ing ten­sions in Iraq is a po­lit­i­cal not a se­cu­rity, cri­sis. The short-sighted po­lit­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual views of some lead­ers and their sub­mis­sion to racial and eth­nic vi­sions, the re­liance on the poli­cies of split­ting up, buy­ing loy­al­ties and politi­ciz­ing the army, of push­ing it into sec­tar­ian con­flict, and the mis­man­age­ment and fail­ure of suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments since 2003 to es­tab­lish a cit­i­zen­ship state, all of these have contributed to the cur­rent ag­gra­vated sit­u­a­tion in Iraq.

Fadil Mi­rani said that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Govern­ment is aware of its na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to help res­cue Iraq from its cur­rent cri­sis. Civil and so­cial peace is in im­mi­nent dan­ger, and the sov- ereignty of the coun­try has been in­fil­trated. The fire burn­ing in Iraq today could spread to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, too, and in­fect what infected Iraq. He stresses that wis­dom and po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue are the first steps to ad­dress­ing the cri­sis and its causes.

He added that the con­flict be­tween Iraqi gov­ern­ments the Kur­dish armed par­ties over sev­eral decades did not cause so­ci­etal con­flict in Iraq, whilst the post-2003 po­lit­i­cal par­ties and gov­ern­ments ex­ploited the di­ver­gences to fos­ter the un­rav­el­ing of the so­cial fab­ric. As such, the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in se­cu­rity was due to com­pli­ca­tions caused by these di­ver­gences.

Re­gard­ing the in­for­ma­tion in­di­cat­ing the flow of thou­sands of refugees from Fal­luja and Ra­madi into the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to es­cape the bat­tles and govern­ment shelling, Mi­rami said that fa­cil­i­tat­ing the pro­ce­dures for those cit­i­zens to en­ter the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is a na­tional and moral duty”.

He pointed out that the KRG does not con­sider this a fa­vor. Rather, it is mo­ti­vated by its feel­ings of grat­i­tude to the peo­ple of An­bar who re­ceived mas­sive num­bers of Kurds when they were de­ported to the prov­ince af­ter the Al­ge­ria Treaty of 1975. The peo­ple of An­bar treated the Kurds gen­er­ously, in a brotherly and mag­nan­i­mous man­ner, and we have not for­got­ten that”.

Af­ter the Septem­ber bomb­ings, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion im­posed cer­tain tem­po­rar­ily con­di­tions on Iraqis from other prov­inces who want to en­ter the Re­gion, but it ex­cluded res­i­dents of An­bar from the con­di­tions af­ter the re­cent events.

Form­ing the govern­ment

With re­gard to the de­lay in the for­ma­tion of a govern­ment, more than three months af­ter the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, Mi­rani said “The ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing to form the new Cab­i­net,” in­di­cat­ing cer­tain ob­sta­cles caused by the de­cline of the Kur­dis­tan Pa­tri­otic Union (PUK) which now oc­cu­pies third place af­ter the rise of the Change Move­ment. This dis­rupted the tra­di­tional po­lit­i­cal map which were the ba­sis of the strate­gic agree­ment be­tween KDP and PUK for power shar­ing in the Re­gion.

Mi­rani be­lieves the change is in the Re­gion’s favour and is good for civil se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and in­vest­ment, point­ing out that PUK has to be dealt with on the ba­sis of his­tory and not just on the ba­sis of the elec­tion re­sults. How­ever, he con­firms that it was the PUK which de­cided to aban­don the agree­ment and run in a sep­a­rate list for the elec­tion—a de­ci­sion that will not af­fect the an­nounce­ment of the new govern­ment in the near fu­ture.

sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party’s Po­lit­i­cal Com­mit­tee, Fadil Mi­rany

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.