PM Barzani ac­cuses Bag­dad for solv­ing bud­get is­sues

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The prime min­is­ter of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) has ac­cused the Bagh­dad gov­ern­ment of show­ing no will to re­solve sim­mer­ing bud­get is­sues, say­ing that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion can­not con­tinue.

Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of Rixos Ho­tel in Duhok on Fri­day, Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani dis­cussed Er­bil-Bagh­dad re­la­tions and said the Iraqi gov­ern­ment is cre­at­ing prob­lems for the KRG by cut­ting its share of bud­get.

Barzani said the KRG’s pol­icy is not to worsen the dis­putes but stressed that the sta­tus quo was not work­ing.

“Solv­ing the is­sues with Bagh­dad is our top pri­or­ity. But we may con­sider other op­tions if the cen­tral gov­ern­ment shows no will to re­move the ob­sta­cles,” Barzani said.

In ad­di­tion to the enor­mous in­flux of refugees who have fled to the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, the bud­get dis­pute has put Er­bil in an in­tense eco­nomic cri­sis.

Bagh­dad has cut the KRG’s share of bud­get since Jan­uary 2014 and has al­legedly shown no com­mit­ment to agree­ments al­ready signed.

In the same day, Barzani re­ceived Yezidi supreme spir­i­tual del­e­ga­tion headed by, Hazim Mir Tahsin Beg. The del­e­ga­tion paid trib­ute to peo­ple of Duhok city for hold­ing a large num­ber of dis­placed Yezidis.

For his part, PM Barzani re­it­er­ated his sup­port for Yezidi supreme spir­i­tual coun­cil for hold­ing con­sen­sus.

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