Barzani and Maliki reject to Meet Over Iraq’s political tensions in Iraq, Iran Sends in Delegation
Sat, 6 Oct 2012

Iraqi political groups and the US officials have tried to persuade Massoud Barzani, the President of Kurdistan Region, and Jalal Talabani, the Iraq’s Kurd president, to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in order to defuse the tensions between Iraqi Sunni and Shia-Arab officials who might take the country to another sectarian conflict. However, while the Iraqi prime minister refused to travel to Kurdistan Region where Tariq al-Hashimi, Iraq’s Sunni vice-president, is given refuge, Kurdistan’s leader also refused to go to Baghdad to talk with Maliki, sources from Kurdistan region told
Earlier Barazani said that the Kurdish leaders try to find solutions to the current Shia-Sunni tensions in Iraq, which erupted over an arrest warrant issued by Maliki against the Iraqi Vice President, and sacking the Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, another Sunni Arab . However, the Kurdish president said if both Sunni and Shia Arab groups refuse the Kurdish proposals to resolve the current political disputes; then elections would have to be held. If the tensions escalate further into a sectarian fight, then the Kurds “are not part of it.” Barazani said.
Meanwhile, Kurdish Political observers warn Kurdish leaders’ involvement in resolving the Iraqi Sunni-Shia Arab problems without foreseeing the Kurdish interests. The Sunni Arabs; especially Iraq’s vice President Tariq al-Hashimi and the deputy Prime Minister Sahel Al-Mutlaq, were notorious for their anti-Kurd stands in Iraq.

The Kurdish political observers claim that whenever the Sunni and Shia Arabs of Iraq are in sectarian conflicts, the Kurdish leaders are called in to intervene; however, other times both Arab sects unite against the Kurdish gains – namely over the land and oil disputes between Baghdad and Erbil.

A source from Kurdistan Region informed ( that since the US has less influence over the Iraqi leaders and the Shia prime minister doesn’t seem to bend the fence over the conflict, Iran has apparently sent a delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan to help Kurdish authorities in their effort to find solutions to the political situation between Iraqi prime minister and the Sunni officials.
However, Al- Iraqiya alliance, which backed Hashimi, accepted President Jalal Talabani’s invitation for a meeting among all political parties to defuse the current sectarian tensions. “We have no other option. This meeting is to save the political process from collapsing,” Salman al-Jumaili, a senior lawmaker from the Sunni-led group, said today in a phone interview from Erbil. If talks fail, the al-Iraqiya alliance, led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, will join the bid to dissolve parliament and hold early elections, he said according to Bloomberg.
But Iraqiya leader Iyad Allawi, in a separate statement, listed a series of demands before he would agree to any conference, including the release of “all detainees held on false charges” and the formation of a panel of top politicians to oversee and prevent interference in legal procedures>(Reuters said.) Allawi, in an editorial for the New York Times, also said Iraq was heading towards a “sectarian autocracy that carries with it the threat of devastating civil war.”