PM Barzani warns Bagh­dad not to vi­o­late con­sti­tu­tion

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Re­gard­ing the ru­mors that the KRG has sold oil, the PM Barzani de­nied the in­for­ma­tion. He re­it­er­ated that the KRG has not sold even one bar­rel of oil, but the KRG is try­ing to reach an agree­ment re­gard­ing this is­sue with Bagh­dad. He an­nounced that what hap­pened in Iraq was a se­ri­ous warn­ing to the Kurds.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment’s (KRG) Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani has warned Iraqi federal govern­ment that if they do not reach an agree­ment about the dis­putes, then there are other op­tions ahead.

PM Barzani said: “What we did not ex­pect hap­pened in Iraq. We never ex­pected that Bagh­dad use people’s pay­ments as a pres­sure card against Kur­dis­tan.”

Barzani added that cut- ting people’s pay­ments by Bagh­dad will not make us dis­cour­aged and we will try to find a mech­a­nism to stop any party from re­peat­ing the same mis­take against Kur­dis­tan in the fu­ture.

In ad­di­tion, the PM Barzani stated “Now, we are wit­ness­ing that some­one in Bagh­dad is­sues or­der to de­prive people of their pay­ments, but ac­cord­ing to the law, these people are ac­tu­ally em­ployed by the Iraqi govern­ment it­self.”

Re­gard­ing the ru­mors that the KRG has sold oil, the PM Barzani de­nied the in­for­ma­tion. He re­it­er­ated that the KRG has not sold even one bar­rel of oil, but the KRG is try­ing to reach an agree­ment re­gard­ing this is­sue with Bagh­dad. He an­nounced that what hap­pened in Iraq was a se­ri­ous warn­ing to the Kurds.

Barzani fur­ther stated that sooner or later the Iraqi govern­ment has to pay the people’s salary, and the federal govern­ment should re­spect the law.

Re­gard­ing in­ter­na­tional me­di­a­tors, Barzani said: “Iran, Turkey and the US are try­ing to re­solve the con­flict.”

Re­gard­ing oil ex­ports through State Oil Mar­ket­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SOMO), Barzani said: “To show our good­will, we de­cided to ex­port 100, 000 bar­rels a month through SOMO.”

Barzani thanked the Kur­dish people's tol­er­ance and their sup­port for the KRG against Bagh­dad.

He said that the people’s en­durance is a strong mes­sage to the federal govern­ment. He promised that the is­sues will be dealt with suc­cess­fully in the fu­ture.

Pre­mier Bar­gain added that all the Iraqi par­ties have dis­agree­ments with the Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Nour al-Ma­liki. He said that the Kurds are faith­ful part­ners in Iraq and they are a ma­jor com­po­nent of the coun­try and its federal govern­ment.

“In 2003, the Kurds re­turned to Bagh­dad to join the govern­ment vol­un­tar­ily, but if it continues to vi­o­late the con­sti­tu­tion, then we will con­sider other vi­able op­tions.” Con­cluded His Ex­cel­lency the Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani.

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