KRG builds trust, but oth­ers… doubt!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The Er­bil-Bagh­dad prob­lems are not ex­ist­ing prob­lems. Some of them are re­lated to his­tory that has to be set­tled within a his­tor­i­cal and cru­cial de­ci­sion. Some of those prob­lems, such as fed­er­al­ism, re­gion's pow­ers, oil and gas is­sues, Pesh­merge, and Ar­ti­cle 140 are even ap­par­ently ex­ist­ing, po­lit­i­cal and con­sti­tu­tional, but they cor­re­late with the dis­agree­ment and the (racial and eth­nic) un­der­stand­ing of the author­ity in Bagh­dad.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Gov­ern­ment has a great deal of re­spon­si­bil­ity. It should build trust in Kur­dis­tan and among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, that’s why it started a se­ries of meet­ings with jour­nal­ists, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Bagh­dad separately. It should also build trust with Bagh­dad. It should also rebuild the trust for some of Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Bagh­dad. It’s also cru­cial to em­power the trust with Europe and the US.

It’s or­di­nary that there’s lack of trust be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, Europe, the US. One of them is the main side of the prob­lems and oth­ers are for­eign­ers and some oth­ers are con­sid­ered as friends.

But the prob­lem it­self and the depth and dif­fi­culty of the prob­lem is that when KRG dis­trust the Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Bagh­dad, and some think that Er­bil is the fac­tor be­hind the prob­lems with Bagh­dad, and when there are peo­ple say­ing that gov­ern­ment is work­ing and mak­ing de­ci­sions be­yond their wills. So the gov­ern­ment and other of­fi­cials such as Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency be­gan mu­tual meet­ings with the par­ties tak­ing part in the gov­ern­ment and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and jour­nal­ists as well. I think this is an or­di­nary thing. Let’s cor­re­late a part of it with the demo­cratic com­po­nent and the po­lit­i­cal process in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, along with the plu­ral­ism in ide­ol­ogy, reli­gion and var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests. When any so­ci­ety wants to be healthy, it should tol­er­ate plu­ral­ism, dif­fer­ence of in­ter­pre­ta­tions, po­lit­i­cal ac­count­abil­ity and mon­i­tor­ing, just the op­po­site of the demo­cratic ten­dency, they seem to be source of dis­trust in Kur­dis­tan, and an­other point is con­nected with the dis­agree­ments be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Some may in­tend to ex­ploit the weak­nesses, and dis­agree­ments in fa­vor of scal­ing up their sup­port­ers, or to move their en­cir­cled prob­lems out of the closed frames, and some oth­ers think it is some­thing or­di­nary to use the fi­nan­cial crises for weak­en­ing the po­si­tion of its main op­po­nent. So far, all are re­lated to pol­i­tics and the com­pe­ti­tion of per­sons and po­lit­i­cal par­ties, even if they’re not nat­u­ral, but harm­ful, they could be read as pol­icy mak­ing and po­lit­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion. On the other hand it can be said that this is the world of pol­i­tics; plu­ral­ism has this kind of ten­dency and in­ten­tions, but if the dif­fer­ent view­points are turned into mea­sure­ments and prin­ci­ples that each po­lit­i­cal party can deal with Bagh­dad separately, this will be a catas­tro­phe.

It’s danger­ous if the gov­ern­ment, in which all the main par­ties are tak­ing part, hes­i­tates to work for build­ing trust be­tween its com­po­nents. Or some of them still are not work­ing through the view­point that they’re play­ers and de­ci­sion mak­ers, oth­ers are op­po­si­tions in­side gov­ern­ment. And some oth­ers may think of gain­ing more votes and po­si­tions through ex­ploit­ing the weak­ness and us­ing the crises as a fac­tor to put pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment.

It’s good for KRG to set the at­mos­phere that could lead to tight­en­ing the re­la­tions and trust among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, me­dia out­lets and peo­ple. If the na­tional fron­tiers were not strong and uni­fied, the other fron­tiers would be weak and full of cracks and leaks.

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