PM Barzani: those proposing Sulaimani-Baghdad talks expressing minority viewBy Rudaw [ltr]7 hours ago [/ltr]
Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said those calling for direct talks between Sulaimani province and Baghdad are expressing a minority view within a political party, and that the priority is to resolve problems with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) through talks and negotiations.
There has been a political deadlock between Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Gorran party since tensions arose between the two in October last year, when demonstrators in Sulaimani attacked and torched several offices of the KDP.
Some Gorran MPs have suggested that their officials in Sulaimani should deal directly with Baghdad, rather than through the KRG.
“As a region constitutionally and legally I think it will be difficult for Baghdad to negotiate directly with any province or talk with them,” Barzani said in a statement to Rudaw.
“I do not think what they are suggesting now is the view of all the people of Sulaimani. It is possible that a political party wants to do this, and if that political party wants to do it we have no problem. They can do it,” Barzani said.
He explained that the issue of a Kurdistan province dealing directly with Baghdad has constitutional and legal aspects.
“But in fact what has been discussed in Sulaimani and demanded, in our view is not the view of all of the people of Sulaimani and all political parties. It is the view of a few within a political party,” Barzani said. “If that political party insists on directly dealing with Baghdad, then do it.”
Commenting on whether this would divide Kurdistan and pose a threat to its situation, Barzani said it would not.
“Certainly there is no threat, because this might be an opinion within a political party, meaning even the full political party does not support this idea and does not think it will create any problem or damage the Kurdistan Region.”
Regarding relations between Baghdad and Erbil, he said: “After my trip to Baghdad the president of the Kurdistan Region went to Baghdad. I can say we are in a good stage of communications and talks with Baghdad. This does not mean that all the problems have been solved, but we can say that now there is a good environment in relations between us and Baghdad.”
He added that, “We emphasize that we want to solve the problems via dialogue and negotiation with Baghdad and this will remain our priority.”