Baghdad Should Not Waste Time in Starting Talks with Kurdistan: Deputy Speaker

Baghdad Should Not Waste Time in Starting Talks with Kurdistan: Deputy Speaker

The government of Iraq should not waste time in starting talks with the Kurdistan Region, deputy speaker of Kurdistan parliament said on Thursday (November 16).

Following a meeting with the international diplomats and representatives in the parliament’s building, deputy speaker Jaafar Emnini called on Iraq to start talks with the region to resolve the outstanding issues.

“We call on Iraq to not waste time and start talks with the Kurdistan Region, and to avoid the language of threat,” Emniki added.

Meanwhile, secretary of the Kurdistan parliament Begard Talabani said Kurds would withdraw from the political process in Iraq if Baghdad refused talks with the region.

Tensions between Erbil and the central governments increased in 2015, after officials from both sides accused the other of failing to abide by the terms of an oil revenue sharing deal struck by officials in December 2014.

The latest feud between Erbil and Baghdad stems from Baghdad’s economic and military measures in retaliation for the Kurdistan referendum on Sept. 25, which saw 92.7 percent of the population vote in favor of independence.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) expressed readiness to hold talks with Baghdad to resolve the issues between both sides according to the Iraqi Constitution. However, the Iraqi government has not yet responded to their requests to meet.