Barzani: Pres­i­den­tial is­sue is re­lated to all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, not only KDP

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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.

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