Barzani: Presidential issue is related to all political parties, not only KDP
In a press conference arranged for deputy to Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader, Nechirvan Barzani, following a meeting with Assyrians Democratic Movement in Erbil, said: “When we are talking about the presidential law, it does not mean that we are talking about one person who is Massoud Barzani. We are talking about the general interests of Kurdistan.”
Barzani appraised the role and stance of the Assyrians in different political stages in Kurdistan and said that the ADM made decision many times in favor of the Kurdistan Region, not the KDP.
“It is respectable that they are thinking about the domestic issue with taking the national interest into consideration,” said Barzani in the press conference.
Head of the KDP delega- tion, Barzani, also reiterated that the domestic disputes should be resolved via “Consensus and dialogue”, adding that it has to be considered that the Kurdistan Region has a long border with terrorists.
“We believe in the principle of consensus for re- solving the presidential issue.”
Barzani went on explaining the issue and said that the Kurdish political parties claim that the president has many authorities. «OK, let’s negotiate about the authorities,» Barzani said, but it should be in the frame of the national interests.
“This issue is not related to Massoud Barzani, the current President, and the KDP only. This is not for an identified period – it is an issue of a nation.”
Some parties have said in the past few months that they want a parliamentary system for the Kurdistan Region just like that of Baghdad. Regarding this issue, Barzani stated that they talk about a political system like Baghdad; I ask them what the strength of that system is.
“We all see what decision former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki imposed on Kurdistan by cutting the KRG share of national budget.”
Barzani urged the political parties to unite over the domestic issues because Kurdistan is going through a transitional stage in all the aspects and the outstanding issues have to be fixed through consensus and mutual understanding.
Yonadem Yusuf Kana, Assyrian Democratic Movement leader, said in the same press conference with Barzani that the KRG has been formed on the basis of political consensus. Despite being out of the KRG cabinet, the ADM leader said that the KRG is now suffering from a financial crisis and is fighting terrorism so the political parties should understand the sensitivity of the situation and should find a proper solution for the domestic disputes.