U. N. hopes KRG leaders will work to normalize Iraq’s political unrest
The United Nations hopes the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will continue efforts to normalize the situation in Iraq, the Secretary-Generals special representative says.
Jan Kubis paid a visit to KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil to on Wednesday (May 4) to discuss political developments in Iraq, according to the regional government’s website.
Kubis reportedly expressed concern over political unrest in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, after demonstrators broke into the Iraqi Council of Representatives building on April 30.
He added the U.N. continues to have talks with Iraqi political parties in an effort to resolve the political situation in the country.
U.N. authorities also encouraged KRG leaders to resume visits to Baghdad for talks and negotiations.
Barzani stated in the meeting that a political, administrative and security vacuum is not in the best interest of the country, adding officials would continue supporting the government of Iraq in its duties.
Hundreds of protesters broke into Baghdad’s Green Zone and forced entry into the parliament building on April 30, after parliament failed to hold a session to vote on nominees for the new cabinet.
Protestors chanted and took pictures of themselves inside the main chamber where moments earlier lawmakers had met.
Sadr’s supporters have been protesting for weeks outside of the Green Zone demanding reforms and for MPs to vote in new technocrat ministers.